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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Border officers seize $1 million worth of undeclared tobacco


A Kitchener truck driver was charged after the border services found over 10,000 kilograms of undeclared tobacco inside his truck.

On March 16, border officers at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie re-examined a tractor trailer with a shipment declared as automotive parts.

The officers seized 102 boxes of loose leaf tobacco roughly worth of $1.01 million, said the Canadian Border Services Agency in a press release.

The truck driver, Robert Wilhelm Gunther, is facing a number of charges under The Customs Act, including attempting to smuggle and providing false or deceptive statements.

Gunther will appear in court in St. Catharines on May 2.

“I am very proud of our officers and our investigators for their vigilance and dedication to ensure that our borders are not used for illegal activity,” said Kim Upper, acting director of Fort Erie District Operations.

The CBSA says the investigation is ongoing.

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