Traffic stops leads to contraband tobacco seizure


2024-06-03 13:42 PDT

File # 2024-1361

On Saturday, June 1, 2024, a Midway frontline RCMP officer was conducting routine traffic enforcement on Highway 3, near Rock Creek, B.C., when he conducted a traffic stop to check for valid driver’s license and registration.

In the course of the interaction the officer noticed tobacco packaging that did not bear the required tax stamp on its packaging which is required by law. The driver and passenger were subsequently arrested under the Excise Act and a search of the vehicle yielded approximately $42,000 worth of illicit tobacco, and a large quantity of Canadian currency.

The driver and passenger, both from Armstrong, BC, face charges under the Excise Act, along with an additional charge relating to possession of a prohibited weapon.

The proactive work carried out by this officer highlights the commitment our officers have to keeping our roads and communities safe, says Cpl. James Grandy, BC RCMP spokesperson.

Residents in all areas of the province are encouraged to contact their local police to report any suspicion of illegal activities in their communities.

Released by:

Cpl. James Grandy
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
Office: 250-460-2398


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