OPP charge Winnipeg parolee after seizing contraband cigarettes in Midland

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A 52-year-old Winnipeg man is charged after Southern Georgian Bay OPP officers seized thousands of contraband cigarettes during a traffic stop in Midland Jan. 5.

Police pulled over a vehicle on King Street at about 9 p.m. and discovered the lone driver was an out-of-province parolee allegedly violating the conditions of his parole.

He was also wanted by another police service, which is conducting an ongoing investigation.

Officers seized several cartons containing 36,400 in unmarked cigarettes, which is a violation of the Tobacco Tax Act.

The suspect is charged with possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale.

The parolee was transported directly to Central North Correctional Center and will appear before the Ontario Provincial Offences court in Penetanguishene at a future date. The vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance