MONTREAL, Que. — Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says two drivers caught smuggling tobacco in 2012 have been sentenced.
Ernest Vincent Curran was sentenced March 23 to 90 days in jail and fined $7,000. He was arrested after arriving at the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle border crossing May 22, 2012 with 8,129 kg of undeclared bulk tobacco.
On March 26, Serge Coupal was sentenced to 90 days in prison and fined $7,000 for showing up at the same border crossing on Oct. 16 with 7,750 kg of tobacco concealed behind wood pallets.
“Border services officers keep a close watch over commercial imports in order to expose smuggling schemes. Anyone who tries to circumvent the law is subject to prosecution in court,” said Benoît Chiquette, regional director general, CBSA, Quebec Region.