Fines of nearly half a million for tobacco smugglers

Fines of nearly half a million for tobacco smugglers

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Six tobacco smugglers were recently ordered to pay fines totaling nearly half a million dollars, Revenu Québec announced Friday. 

The individuals were found guilty of possessing, selling, delivering or transporting contraband tobacco without having the license required by law to engage in commercial activities related to tobacco products.

Stéphane Perron, 52 years old, from Chicoutimi, is the one who received the heaviest fine. He will have to repay the state $265,000. As a repeat offender in contraband tobacco, Perron was also sentenced to 90 days in prison.

Erick Schumann, 37, of Drummondville, Kayden Trey Condo, 21, of Listuguj, Karl Drolet, 60, of Shawinigan, Guy Ainsley, 53, of Thetford Mines and Line Langelier, 60, also of Thetford Mines, were ordered to pay fines varying between $16,728 and $81,000.

Revenu Québec wanted to remind people who engage in commercial activities related to tobacco products “that they must hold the permits required by law”.

“In addition , tobacco intended for retail sale in Quebec must be identified in the manner and under the conditions prescribed by regulation,” added Revenu Québec.

For a first offense in similar matters, offenders are exposed to a minimum fine of $6,000.