Police, convenience store owners at odds over contraband cigarette charges

From: Truro Daily News

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax

HALIFAX – Police have laid over 100 charges against several convenience store owners connected with contraband tobacco around Halifax, but some owners are taking issue with the term “contraband” and say they face fewer charges than is being reported.

On Wednesday, Insp. Glenn Lambe of the federal and serious organized crime unit and Bernie Meagher, director of audit and enforcement for Service Nova Scotia, told reporters the owners of Bridgeview Grocery on the Bedford Highway have been ordering large quantities of tobacco products from wholesalers, then illegally selling those cartons to retailers across HRM.

“It’s not the typical contraband tobacco that’s not stamped … or bagged properly,” Lambe said.

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