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Friday October 4th, 2013

Posted at 12:21pm

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The Canada Border Services Agency has seized a total of $3.7 million in tobacco at the Ambassador Bridge during two separate incidents.

On August 14th, the CBSA says a commercial driver entered Canada with a shipment declared as frozen apple slices. The driver was referred for a secondary inspection where officers found that the shipment actually contained 116 boxes filled with 15,497 kilograms of loose leaf tobacco with an approximate street value of $1.9 million.

The driver, an Ontario resident, was arrested and charged.

On September 2nd, the CBSA says a commercial driver entered Canada with a shipment declared as rubber mulch. During a secondary inspection, the majority of the shipment was found to actually contain 14,505 kilograms of loose tobacco with an approximate street value of $1.8 million.

The driver, from Quebec, was arrested and charged.

The CBSA says it has seized over $8.3 million worth of tobacco so far this year in Southern Ontario.

“The proceeds of illegal tobacco sales fuel organized crime and undermine the safety of our communities,” said Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region. “The CBSA continues to demonstrate its important role in the safety and security of Canadians.”

Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060. All calls are completely confidential.

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