3.4 million dollars worth of loose tobacco has been seized by border services officers in Niagara.
The Canada Border Services Agency says the contraband was found during a pair of seizures at the Queenston-Lewiston and Peace Bridges.
In one case ---- a transport driver arrived with a shipment containing 132 boxes declared as recycled paper. During a secondary examination, the contents were found to be 13 thousand kilograms of manufactured raw cut tobacco.
The goods involved in the second seizure were declared as herbal leaf formulation. Upon further examination, another 13 thousand kilograms of loose tobacco was found. No charges have been laid, but Canada's Minister of Public Safety is commending the efforts of CBSA officers.
Vic Toews notes that traffficking of contraband tobacco threatens the health of Canadians and jeopardizes efforts to build safe, prosperous communities.