Two individuals face fines over $2 million for possession and sale of contraband tobacco



On January 22, 2014, a joint enforcement operation known as Project Debit was undertaken. Members of the RCMP Serious and Organized Crime Unit, RCMP officers from Portage la Prairie and provincial taxation investigators, with the assistance of the Dakota Ojibway Police Service, made a large seizure of contraband tobacco and firearms as well as several arrests at Dakota Plains First Nation, southwest of Portage la Prairie.

A search warrant was executed, and during the search of the property, 4800 cartons of cigarettes and three firearms were seized. During the search, police became aware of a rental locker paid for by Blacksmith. When that was searched, further seizures were made, including two cases of tobacco and three more firearms.

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