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OPP find $1.3-million of illegal tobacco in Hwy 401 bust

A major discovery in South Dundas started with a reported single-vehicle crash. 

The Ontario Provincial Police has seized $1.3-million worth of fine cut, raw tobacco in South Dundas Township.

Officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 401, just after 7 a.m. last Thursday, and found an eastbound rental truck which had come to a rest in the median near the Church Road overpass.

A look inside the the vehicle showed boxes full of unstamped tobacco.

After investigating further, officers found out that a pair of rental trucks had been travelling in a convoy and both were heavily loaded with boxes of tobacco.

Three adult men, aged 28, 31 and 35, from Brampton were arrested for possession of unstamped tobacco.

The three are expected to appear in Morrisburg Court on July 3. 

Additional charges from the RCMP are pending.

In total, 14,662 kg of tobacco were seized, with an estimated value of $1,319,580.

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