Contraband cigarettes seized on Wilfrid-Lavigne
Gatineau Police (SPVG) searched residences on Wilfrid-Lavigne Boulevard in Aylmer on March 31. The search was part of an investigation concerning the illegal sale of tobacco. A member of the public tipped the police, which allowed them to begin the investigation last January. The SPVG obtained search warrants for the residence and the vehicle. They seized approximately 4,000 cigarettes and close to $4,000 in cash.
The investigators interviewed a 57-year-old man who will now face charges under the Tobacco Tax Act for selling tobacco intended for retail sales.
The SPVG states that fighting against contraband tobacco is important because it deprives the government of millions of dollars. They also state that it funds organized crime and that it has adverse health effects.