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Manitoba seizes 300,000 illegal cigarettes, two men facing charges

Manitoba Finance Taxation Special Investigation Unit with help from the RCMP has seized more that 300,000 contraband cigarettes.

Investigators say that the illegal smokes were brought into the province by a Winnipeg area transport company.

The seizure took place just outside Winnipeg on June 8, 2020.

Two men age 36 and 54 were arrested and charged under The Tobacco Tax Act and The Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act as well as additional criminal code offences.

Both men face fines of up to $10,000 plus a triple tax penalty of $270,000 if convicted.

© News4.ca 2020

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