(IGNACE, ON) โ€“ On November 02, 2018 at approximately 8:20 p.m. officers from the Ignace Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop for a Highway Traffic Act offence on Highway 17, in the Township of Ignace.

As a result of the traffic stop, officers seized 75,000 unmarked cigarettes with a total estimated value of $44000.00.


52-year-old Michael MEDWID (pictured left) of Dauphin, MB and 45-year-old Philip MEKISH (pictured right) of Camperville, MB have been charged with the following offences under the Tobacco Tax Act.

  • Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, s 29(1) TTA
  • Possess unmarked cigarettes, s 29(2) TTA

Both accused with appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on the 08 January 2019.

Source: OPP

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  1. Ok letโ€™s do the math. 75,000 cigarettes thatโ€™s 3000 packs or 375 cartons. Thatโ€™s $117 a carton. If they were busted in Ontario wouldnโ€™t the value be less.
    And they were so close to the border almost made it. Better luck next time. Itโ€™s unfortunate that people who want to smoke in Manitoba are paying triple the price than people in Ontario.

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