Moncton man pleads guilty to transportation of unstamped tobacco products

An 81-year-old Moncton man has been sentenced to 24 months probation and fined $176, 046 for transporting unstamped tobacco products and for unlawfully distributing an unstamped tobacco product.

The province says Edward Williams was charged under the Tobacco Tax Act and the Criminal Code and was sentenced on February 25 after pleading guilty in Moncton provincial court in January.

Department of Public Safety enforcement officers arrested Williams on January 16 after a search warrant executed at a Lakeville property and a search of Williams' vehicle uncovered more than 136,400 unstamped cigarettes.

The government says the provincial tax value of the seized tobacco is estimated at $44,969 and the estimated federal tobacco excise tax value is $36,969.

Anyone with information on the sale and distribution of illegal tobacco is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers.