Officials at US-Canada border find millions of stashed tobacco

By Halston Herrera, Senior News Editor for ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnHalston, hherrera@wdiv.com
Published On: Oct 04 2013 01:38:48 PM EDT

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

Fine cut tobacco seized at the Ambassador Bridge

DETROIT -

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Friday said it had seized millions of dollars worth of loose leaf tobacco at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor. 

On Aug. 14, a driver entered Canada with a shipment declared as frozen apple slices. But during an inspection, CBSA officers found 116 boxes filled with 15,497 kg of loose leaf tobacco with an approximate street value of $1.9 million. 

--Fine cut tobacco seized at the Ambassador Bridge

The driver, an Ontario resident, was arrested and charged, and is scheduled to appear in court in October.  

On Sept., a driver entered Canada with a shipment declared as rubber mulch. During a secondary inspection, the majority of this shipment was found to actually contain 14,505 kg of loose tobacco with an approximate street value of $1.8 million. 

The driver, a Quebec resident, was arrested and charged, and is scheduled to appear in court in November.  

Since January 2013, CBSA officers in the Southern Ontario Region have seized tobacco worth over $8.3 million. 

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