Tobacco addiction: half a million dollars fine for repeat offender

A repeat Sherbrooke was sentenced to pay a fine of more than half a million dollars for tobacco trafficking.

Bruno Baron is one of six Quebecers who have been convicted of contraventions of tobacco smuggling recently, Revenu Québec said.

On June 6, Baron was fined $ 507,994.40. The order gives him two months to pay the large sum.

The conviction was the result of an operation carried out by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) on February 27, 2015. Police searched a vehicle and seized 61,400 contraband cigarettes.

The court ordered the confiscation and destruction of the seized tobacco. De Baron’s driver’s license was also suspended for a period of 30 days.

It was a second conviction in this matter.

Bernard Lussier

In addition, Bernard Lussier of East Angus will pay $ 55,294.80 in 12 months following a conviction following a police operation of the SQ held on October 8, 2014. The police seized 66,200 cigarettes Smuggling, adds Revenu Québec. The court ordered confiscation and destruction of the tobacco seized. The Lussier driver’s license was also suspended for a period of 30 days.

It was also a second conviction for him.

The six persons were sentenced by the Court of Quebec to pay fines totaling $ 956,187.20 in terms ranging from two to 24 months.

These individuals were particularly accused of selling, delivering or possessing tobacco intended for retail sale in Quebec, the package of which was not identified in accordance with the Tobacco Tax Act.

In addition, they were not registered on Revenu Québec’s files and did not hold any of the permits required by the Act to carry on commercial activities related to tobacco products.

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