Manitoba senior arrested over seizure of thousands of contraband smokes
The government says in a release that a 72-year-old resident of the Rural Municipality of Rosser, was arrested last Friday following an investigation. (File image: Shutterstock.com)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:02PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:10PM CST
A Manitoba man is facing both Criminal Code and provincial taxation-related charges for allegedly importing more than 800,000 contraband cigarettes from Ontario.
The government says in a release that Dennis Donald Lange, a 72-year-old resident of the Rural Municipality of Rosser, was arrested last Friday following an investigation.
A total of 810,000 cigarettes were seized and the province says if they had been sold, it stood to lose nearly $239,000 in tax revenue.
If convicted, Lange faces fines of between $10,000 and $50,000 and/or jail time of up to a year.
He also faces a mandatory quadruple tax penalty of $955,800 for a previous conviction.
Lange, who remains in custody, had also been sought on two arrest warrants for failure to appear in court on outstanding previous charges.