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RCMP Inspecrtor John Ryan

The RCMP Customs and Excise Unit in Sydney has seized 910,000 contraband cigarettes after searching a vehicle and residential shed in North Sydney.

On October 30th, 2011, officers seized a truck and camper trailer from a property on Margaret Street in North Sydney and following a search of both, located 55 cases or 550,000 cigarettes of contraband in the trailer. The cigarettes were packaged in cartons, each containing 200 cigarettes, and were labeled "DISCOUNT" with the U.S. Surgeon General warning on the packaging.

On a search of the camper trailer, officers determined that the trailer had been modified for the concealment and transport of the contraband tobacco.

A 52 year-old North Sydney man is facing charges of Unlawful Possession of Unstamped Tobacco and Possession of Tobacco without Taxes Paid under the Customs and Excise Act.

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