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More than $1-mil in tobacco seized at Peace Bridge in Fort Erie

More than 10,000 kilograms of undeclared loose-leaf tobacco valued at more than $1 million was seized at the Fort Erie Peace Bridge.

The Canada Border Services Agency said a border services officer referred a tractor trailer with a shipment declared as automotive parts for a secondary inspection on March 16.

Upon examination of the tractor-trailer, border services officers discovered 102 boxes of contraband tobacco weighing a total of 10,178 kg and seized it.

The truck driver, Robert Wilhelm Gunther, of Kitchener, has been charged with several offences under the Customs Act, which include evasion of compliance, attempt to smuggle and unlawful possession of unstamped tobacco products.

“I am very proud of our officers and our investigators for their vigilance and dedication to ensure that our borders are not used for illegal activity,” said Kim Upper, the acting director of the CBSA’s Fort Erie district operations.

Gunther is scheduled to appear in court in St. Catharines on May 2.

Shipment of 102 boxes containing over 10,000 kg of undeclared loose-leaf tobacco seized at Peace Bridge on March 16, 2019. Canada Border Services Agency/Special to the Observer

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