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Wednesday October 31st, 2012

Posted at 2:09pm

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Various boxes of contraband cigarettes (Photo: RCMP handout)

The RCMP’s Windsor detachment have taken over a thousand cartons of contraband tobacco and cigarettes off the street and have one man custody.

RCMP officers arrested and charged a Windsor man after an investigation into the sale and distribution of contraband tobacco products. They seized 1080 cartons of cigarettes, two minivans and approximately $1500 in cash.

Charged is Hasan Ali Muhammad, 31 years old, under the Excise Act. He is scheduled to appear in Windsor Provincial Court on December 12th.

“The contraband tobacco trade supports the growth of an underground economy that generates profits for organized crime”, stated Inspector Serge Coté, Officer in Charge of Windsor RCMP Detachment. “People need to be aware that when they purchase contraband tobacco, they are funding a criminal activity”.

If you have information about the sale and distribution of illegal tobacco products or any other criminal activity, RCMP ask you to contact your local police department, the nearest RCMP detachment at 1-800-387-0020, or you can anonymously supply the information to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

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