Four people from northern New Brunswick were charged last week after the province’s Department of Justice and Public Safety seized more than 38,000 contraband cigarettes in the Campbellton area.
The province did not release specific details about the seizure but said in a news release that the tobacco has a provincial tax value of $9,709 and a federal excise tax value of $6,023.
Officials say a 70-year-old woman, a 35-year-old man, a 51-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman were charged.
All four accused are set to appear in court at a later date, with officials adding that the investigation is ongoing.
“Residents are encouraged to report the trafficking of contraband tobacco, or any other criminal matter, to law enforcement,” justice officials said in the news release.
Information can be shared with the Department of Justice and Public Safety by calling 1-877-826-2122 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).