Illegal cigarettes & large quantity cash seized, one suspect arrested

Photo: Brandon Police Service

Source: Brandon Police Service Media Release

At approximately 9:00 pm last night, Members of the Brandon Police Service Operational Support and Crime Suppression Unit and the Police Service Dog Unit conducted a traffic stop in a gas station parking lot on 18th Street North. A quantity of illegal tobacco was observed in plain view within the vehicle and the operator was placed under arrest.  A search of the vehicle incident to the arrest resulted in the seizure of additional illegal tobacco and a large quantity of Canadian Currency.  Police estimate the currency seizure is in excess of 2 Million dollars.  A 29 year old man from Ontario was subsequently charged under Section 121.1(1) of the Criminal Code; Possession of Unstamped Tobacco, Section 80(2)(a) of The Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act; Possession of Unmarked Tobacco and Section 354(1) of the Criminal Code; Possess Proceeds of Crime.  The accused will appear before the court later today