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Trucking careers go up in smoke as drivers charged with tobacco smuggling

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.

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4 Comments » for Trucking careers go up in smoke as drivers charged with tobacco smuggling
  1. Larry Freedom says:

    Maybe lower the taxes on the cigarettes in Canada so we don’t have to go buy them in the States. Damn police state I hate 2015.

  2. paul says:

    looks good on those two drivers,all that does is make all the good drivers look bad we have enough trouble at the border and we don’t need something stupid like that,

  3. Paul Korn says:

    just two stupid truckers causing trouble for every other driver that crosses at that border and all the other crossings

  4. Dale Anderson says:

    I don’t feel sorry for these guys.I cross borders all the time and this makes us all look bad.

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