Three arrested for smuggling illegal smokes, liquor

Three men have been arrested by peace officers for smuggling illegal liquor and tobacco into New Brunswick.

New Brunswick’s Department of Justice and Public Safety confirmed the seizures took place in the Campbellton area.

Officials said a 49-year-old man from Beresford was arrested after officers seized more than 13,000 contraband cigarettes worth over $5,000.

A 47-year-old Saint John man and a 61-year-old Escuminac man were also arrested for allegedly smuggling liquor across provincial boundaries.

Officers seized 64 cases of beer with 30 cans per case.

“The sale of contraband tobacco and illegal liquor removes tax revenues that support government programs,” the province said.

“The trafficking of contraband cigarettes supports the underground economy and organized crime.”

Residents are being encouraged to report the trafficking of contraband tobacco, or any other criminal matter, to law enforcement.

Information can be shared with the Department of Justice and Public Safety by calling 1-877-826-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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