A contraband tobacco sting operation carried out by Gatineau police last week led to the seizure of thousands of dollars in cash and cigarettes.
According to Gatineau police, officers led four searches to counter contraband tobacco in Gatineau.
Besides cigarettes, the operation also seized cannabis and a car.
As part of the first operation, several individuals residing in Gatineau were identified as also potentially linked to cigarette smuggling.
Following the second investigation, four people were arrested.
The investigation showed that three of them were smuggling cigarettes and getting supplies from the fourth individual.
The four searches, carried out on January 6 at different addresses in Gatineau and Hull sectors, resulted in the seizure of the following items:
- 35,480 contraband cigarettes;
- 333 grams of cannabis;
- $3,305 in Canadian currency;
- A vehicle worth about $5,000.
The four accused — three men and one woman — will face a charge under the Tobacco Tax Act, namely:
- Having sold, delivered or had in his possession tobacco intended for retail sale in Quebec and whose package is not identified in accordance with the Tobacco Tax Act.
This offence, police said, is penal (not criminal) in nature.
Charges related to cannabis possession could also be filed following the conclusion of the investigation.