Ontario Resident Sentenced to Jail for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes
Convicted: Shawn Blanchard
Location of Offence: Toronto
Description of Offence: Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act
Date of Offence: October 11, 2017
Date of Conviction: January 10, 2019, at the Toronto Provincial Offences Court
Penalty Imposed: 30 days jail and a two-year probation order
Background: On October 11, 2017, Ministry of Finance investigators searched a vehicle and discovered 22,145 unmarked cigarettes. All tobacco products were seized and forfeited.