O.P.P. seize $5M in tobacco on Highway 401

(Newswatch Group/File)

LANSDOWNE – O.P.P. and MTO officers in Eastern Ontario, conducting a commercial vehicle inspection, uncovered quite a haul of contraband tobacco last week.

An eastbound tractor trailer was stopped Thursday afternoon (July 19) on Highway 401 near Lansdowne, about 130 kilometers west of Cornwall, and officers ruled the truck unsafe to drive.

That’s when police found what the truck was hauling – over 15,000 kilograms (33,000 pounds) of contraband tobacco.

The load is estimated to be worth over $5 million in lost taxes.

The 25-year-old driver from Brampton, Ont. has been charged with transporting unstamped tobacco and will appear in a Brockville court next month.

An investigation continues with the help of the O.P.P. Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.