20K contraband cigarettes seized in Horwood, 2 face charges

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit intercepted two packages that were shipped from Ontario en route to Horwood.
On June 16, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in Horwood, and seized 100 cartons of contraband cigarettes. (Courtesy RCMP)

Two people from Horwood on Newfoundland's northeast coast are facing charges for bringing in contraband tobacco.

Earlier this week, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit intercepted two packages that were shipped from Ontario en route to Horwood, which contained 20,000 contraband cigarettes. The cigarettes were shipped in 100 cartons.

Investigators later seized the cigarettes when they executed a warrant and searched a home in the town. 

On Monday, a woman, 59, and a man, 61, were charged under the Excise Act and the Revenue Administration Act.

The investigation is ongoing. The man and woman may face additional charges.