BC Highway Patrol is investigating after a traffic stop for impairment led to the significant seizure of contraband tobacco near Duncan last month.

On June 15, 2024, BCHP – Duncan encountered a pickup truck towing an enclosed cargo trailer travelling well under the posted speed limit on Trans-Canada Highway. The pickup truck was also observed having difficulty maintaining lane position.

BC Highway Patrol officers stopped the truck to screen the driver for impairment which led to the discovery of 46 cases of unstamped and untaxed cigarettes with each case containing 50 cartons of cigarettes. The driver was arrested for trafficking-related offences.

“Unstamped tobacco is a growing concern in BC. Our BC Highway Patrol officers are committed to using their pipeline training to investigate those involved in trafficking illicit tobacco, said Sgt. Brad Robinson, Unit Commander of BCHP – Duncan. This seizure reflects over $250,000 in lost tax revenue and a retail value of over $400,000. Tax revenue collected from tobacco products supports our healthcare system and the sale of unstamped tobacco is often tied to organized crime.

The investigation is ongoing with the assistance of Federal and Provincial partners. BCHP – Duncan anticipates charges will be recommended against the driver under the Excise Act 2001, Criminal Code of Canada, and the Tobacco Tax Act.

Released by:
Cpl. Melissa Jongema
Media Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-5761
Email: bchp_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: bc-cb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/highway-patrol

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