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Friday August 16th, 2013

Posted at 3:22pm

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Two Windsor men have been changed with unlawful possession and receiving for sale unstamped tobacco products contrary to the Excise Act 2001.

RCMP say that on August 15th as a result of an investigation into the sale of illegal tobacco products, they stopped a vehicle on Highway 401 at the Walker Road off ramp.

A search of the vehicle uncovered approximately 330 cartons of illegal cigarettes which were hidden under a blanket in the rear of the vehicle.   Police say that the cigarettes were destined to be sold in the Windsor area.

During the course of the investigation, officers seized a 2002 Dodge Caravan used in the transportation of the illegal cigarettes.

Charged are Ali Hussien Ali-Ghezi, age 50 and Falah AlShimmari age 47. Bith are from Windsor.

They are scheduled to appear in Windsor Provincial court on September 23rd, 2013.

“The sale of illegal tobacco products benefits criminal organizations who often use their profits to finance other criminal activities”, stated Inspector Serge Cote, Officer in Charge of Windsor Detachment. “The RCMP is committed to targeting this type of crime, and working with other law enforcement partners to ensure we enjoy safe homes and safe communities”

Windsor RCMP is reminding the public that in addition to selling illegal tobacco products, purchasing illegal tobacco products is also an offence under the Excise Act 2001 and can result in criminal charges and the seizure of vehicles and other assets.

If you have information about the sale and distribution of illegal tobacco products or any other criminal activity you are asked to contact your local police department or the nearest RCMP detachment at 519-967-4353 ext (255) or 1-800-387-0020, or you can anonymously supply the information

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