DRYDEN – Regional News – The Dryden OPP have seized 135 cases of contraband tobacco with a value of about $540,000. A sixty-year-old Toronto man now faces charges as a result.
OPP report that on June 1, 2020, at approximately 2:17 pm CDT, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Dryden Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Highway 17, near Eton Township (West of Dryden) for a Highway Traffic Act violation.
As a result of that traffic stop, officers located and seized 135 cases of unmarked cigarettes with an approximate value of $540,000.
Jesus Martinez Aguilar, 60 years old of Toronto, ON has been charged with the following offence under the Criminal Code:
- Trafficking in Contraband Tobacco contrary to section 121.1
The accused was also charged with the following offences under the Tobacco Tax Act:
- Possess unmarked cigarettes for sale contrary to section 29(1)
- Possess unmarked cigarettes contrary to section 29(2)
The accused will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice Dryden in August. None of the charges have been proven in court.