Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador – Seventy-year-old Robert Kennedy of St. Philip’s is facing contraband tobacco charges following the search of a cube van he was operating on February 6, 2020, in Gander.
RCMP Federal Serious & Organized Crime in Gander were investigating suspected possession of contraband tobacco. Police conducted a traffic stop on the Trans-Canada Highway near Gander and searched the van. Officers found 7,650 cartons of contraband tobacco and a quantity of Canadian currency.
One carton of contraband tobacco typically sells for between $40-$50, putting the total street value of the tobacco seized in the range of $306,000 to $382,500. This amount of tobacco would represent an approximate loss of $840,000 in revenue to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Kennedy was arrested and charged under the Federal Excise Act, 2001, for possession of unstamped tobacco. He was also charged under the Provincial Revenue Administration Act forpossession of contraband tobacco. He has been released from custody and is scheduled to attend court in Gander on May 12, 2020.
RCMP NL Federal Serious and Organized Crime targets criminal activity involving national security, transnational and serious organized crime and cyber crime throughout the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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