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Contraband tobacco seized by OPP

During a traffic stop, officers observed cannabis within reach of the driver and as officers searched the vehicle, they turned up 1000 contraband cigarettes.
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NIPIGON — On the afternoon of March 28, an officer with the Nipigon OPP pulled over a vehicle speeding on Highway 11/17.

During the traffic stop, the officer found cannabis readily available to the driver.

A further search of the vehicle turned up over 1,000 unmarked cigarettes.

As a result, a 34-year-old from Winnipeg was fined over $1,200 and charged with speeding, possession of unmarked cigarettes, and driving with cannabis readily available.

According to the OPP, it is illegal to have any packages of cigarettes or fine-cut tobacco that do not have a legal tobacco stamp.

The consequences include civil penalties and, if charged and convicted of an offence, possible fines, jail time or both.

Clint Fleury

About the Author: Clint Fleury

Clint Fleury is a web reporter covering Northwestern Ontario and the Superior North regions.
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