AGLC seizes $4.5M worth of contraband tobacco in Calgary
It's the largest in the province's history, according to the provincial regulator
Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis says it has seized approximately $4.5 million worth of contraband tobacco products from a southeast Calgary storage facility.
The seizure is the largest in Alberta's history, according to AGLC, and it's estimated the potential lost tax revenue is $2.5 million.
AGLC said in a news release Thursday that a search warranted was executed at the storage facility by Calgary police.
"Ali Al-Hameedawi of Red Deer and Husham Hakeem of Calgary were each charged with trafficking in contraband tobacco, contrary to section 121.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada, and fraud over $5,000," reads the release.