60 year old man busted with 21,000 illegal cigarettes in Beresford

Now that's a lot of cigarettes!

A 60 year old man has been arrested after he was caught with more than 21,000 contraband cigarettes during a traffic stop in Beresford last week.

The arrest, on Tuesday, March 28th is the result of a joint investigation between the BNPP and the province's Department of Justice and Public Safety.

Charges are pending under the Tobacco Tax Act and the Criminal Code of Canada as the investigation continues.

The man was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court in June.

The Department of Justice and Public Safety says revenues from the sale of illegal tobacco often find their way into the hands of criminal organizations.

The contraband tobacco market represents approximately $13 million in lost revenue per year for the provincial government.