Traffic stop leads to massive tobacco bust

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(DRYDEN, ON) – On February 01, 2019 at approximately 3:40 p.m. officers from the Dryden Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop for a Highway Traffic Act offence on Highway 17, Eton Township (West of Dryden).

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As a result of the traffic stop, officers seized 27 cases of cigarettes with a total estimated value of $81,000.00.

Brent BAXTER, 56 years old of Edmonton, AB and Blair Stevens, 52 years old of Edmonton, AB have been charged with the following offences under the Tobacco Tax Act and Criminal Code:

  • Trafficking in Contraband Tobacco, s 121.1 CC
  • Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, s 29(1) TTA
  • Possess unmarked cigarettes, s 29(2) TTA

Both accused were released on a Promise to Appear and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on the 18 March 2019.

If you can locate any photos of these two, please email them to tips@trcctb.com

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Photo is only for illustration purposes, and is not of the cigarettes busted.

Source: OPP

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