MONTREAL, Que. – A trucker is in some serious heat after the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec worked together to discover he had attempted to smuggle more than 15,000 kg of contraband tobacco at the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle port of entry.
The man was driving a tractor semi-trailer and upon a complete inspection at the port, border service officers discovered the tobacco behind boxes of vegetables.
The driver was arrested and a criminal investigation has been launched.
“This operation is the result of combined efforts with our partners to address the problem of large-scale tobacco smuggling,” said Benoit Chiquette, regional director general, CBSA, Quebec Region. “Seizures of this magnitude remove significant quantities of illicit tobacco from the contraband market.”