A young driver and passenger were charged with possession of contraband cigarettes on May 15, following a traffic stop on Highway 17 in Nairn-Hyman Township.
Members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police conducted the stop around 10:35 p.m. that evening, wherewith the assistance of the Ministry of Finance, they identified nine boxes containing cartons with a combined total of 1,001-2,000 unmarked cigarettes.
As a result, the 20-year-old driver from Lively was charged with the following: possess unmarked cigarettes, contrary to section 29(2) of the Tobacco Tax Act (TTA), and; speeding 1-49 Km/h over posted limit, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
The passenger, on the other hand, a 22-year-old resident of Naughton was charged with: possess unmarked cigarettes, contrary to section 29(2) of the TTA.
The two accused were issued Provincial Offence Notices and the contraband cigarettes were seized.