Friday, October 29, 2010, Indian Brook, Nova Scotia…After a short term investigation, RCMP Customs and Excise Unit, with assistance from Indian Brook RCMP, Enfield RCMP, and Compliance Officers from the Service Nova Scotia Audit & Enforcement Unit, executed a search warrant at a convenience store in Indian Brook on Wednesday morning. Approximately 85,000 contraband cigarettes were seized along with approximately 1800 contraband cigarillos.
One adult female from Indian Brook was arrested at the store, while a second adult female was arrested a short time later. Charges under the Excise Act as well as under the Provincial Revenue Act are pending against both individuals. No further arrests are anticipated.
The RCMP Customs and Excise Enforcement Unit remind the public that if you purchase tobacco products that are not marked as required by law; you are in possession of illegal products. The sale of illegal tobacco can often benefit criminal organizations by financing drug trafficking; purchasing illegal weapons; and funding other illicit activities. This affects the safety and security of our communities and our children.