Nearly $18,000 worth of illegal cigarettes seized during traffic stop

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LIMOGES — A car was stopped after a High Traffic Act infraction was noticed by a Russell OPP officer on patrol around 8 p.m., August 15 in Limoges. The officer utilized the Approved Screening Device (ASD) on the driver.

According to police, investigation revealed that the driver was in contravention of the Tobacco Tax Act, resulting in a search of the vehicle. Nearly 9000 illegal cigarettes and over $1900 of Canadian currency were recovered. The cigarettes seized had a total value of nearly $18,000.

Yvon Lamadelaine, 66, of Embrun, was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) CC 320.14(1)(b);
  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs CC 320.14(1)(a);
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000 – in Canada CC 354(1)(a);
  • Possess unmarked fine cut tobacco for sale TTA 29(1) and
  • Possess unmarked fine cut tobacco TTA 29(2)

The accused received a 90-day driver’s license suspension and the vehicle was also impounded for seven days.

The accused is scheduled to appear in L’Orignal court on October 3.

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