O.P.P. seize $5M in tobacco on Highway 401

Traffic on Highway 401 near Brockville, Ont. on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANSDOWNE – O.P.P. and MTO officers conducting a commercial vehicle inspection uncovered quite a haul of contraband tobacco last week.

An eastbound tractor trailer was stopped Thursday afternoon (July 19) on Highway 401 and officers ruled the truck unsafe to drive.

That’s when police found what the truck was hauling – over 15,000 kilograms (33,000 pounds) of contraband tobacco.

The load is estimated to be worth over $5 million in lost taxes.

The 25-year-old driver from Brampton, Ont. has been charged with transporting unstamped tobacco and will appear in a Brockville court next month.

An investigation continues with the help of the O.P.P. Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.