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Wednesday June 6th, 2012

Posted at 9:45am

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As the result of two separate ongoing investigations, the Windsor branch of the RCMP have arrested and charged three men and seized approximately 725,000 illegal cigarettes.

The first arrests took place during the evening of June 1st. The RCMP Border Response Team pulled over a white Chevrolet cargo van and a red Pontiac Grand Prix near the intersection of Sharon Avenue and Dynasty Street in Southwood Lakes. All the vehicle occupants were arrested for Excise Act 2001 offences and police seized 56 cases of contraband tobacco which is approximately 560,000 cigarettes.

RCMP say that the driver of the cargo van, 36-year-old Adrian Miller of Oshweken, Ontario was also wanted on warrants for Excise Act 2001 (contraband tobacco) offences as well as charges of Failing to Appear from Brockville, Ontario.

As well, 40 year old Samer Zotti of Windsor, Ontario and Adrian Miller have been charged with Unlawfully Purchase/Receive Unstamped Tobacco and Unlawfully Possess for Sale Unstamped Tobacco contrary to the Excise Act, 2001 and two counts of Conspire to Contravene the Excise Act, 2001 contrary to the Criminal Code. Samer Zotti is next scheduled to appear in the Windsor Ontario Court of Justice on June 11th. Adrian Miller is currently held in custody.

The second arrests happened during the evening of June 4th, as RCMP officers executed search warrants at the Westcott Variety on Westcott Street in Windsor and at an outdoor storage shed. Police seized approximately 800 cartons of cigarettes (Approximately 165,000 cigarettes).

The store’s manager, a 34-year-old Windsor man, is facing charges of Possession of Unstamped Tobacco contrary to the Excise Act, 2001.

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