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Seven people arrested after 70,000 contraband cigarettes seized in N.B.

A man holds a lit cigarette. (Source: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Chiu) A man holds a lit cigarette. (Source: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Chiu)

The Department of Justice and Public Safety seized roughly 70,000 contraband cigarettes in the Campbellton, N.B., area earlier this month.

According to a Monday news release, officers conducted several traffic stops on Dec. 1 and 2, arresting and charging seven people under the Tobacco Tax Act. The accused include:

  • 61-year-old man from Kedgwick
  • 56-year-old woman from Rivière-du-Nord
  • 75-year-old woman from Beaurivage
  • 64-year-old man from Tracadie
  • 60-year-old man from Fredericton
  • 44-year-old man from Moncton
  • 59-year-old woman from Belledune

The release says the seized tobacco had a provincial tax value of $17,855 and a federal excise tax value of $11,077.

According to the department, peace officers have seized more than one million contraband cigarettes over the past eight months and 34 people have been charged.

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