Police Seize 200,000 Illegal Cigarettes in Two Traffic Stops in Western N.B.
Three men have been arrested in connection with two separate seizures of illegal cigarettes in western New Brunswick this week.
On Tuesday, around 2 p.m., West District RCMP and the RCMP Roving Traffic Unit stopped a vehicle during a check stop on Highway 2 in Waterville, near the Hartland exit. Sgt. J.P. MacDougall said a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 60,000 contraband cigarettes.
The driver, a 72-year-old man from Souris, P.E.I., was arrested and released pending a court date in September.
The following day, around 11 a.m., police stopped another vehicle on Highway 2, in Saint-Jacques, N.B. near the Quebec border. Police say there were 140,000 illegal cigarettes packed in the trunk of the car.
Two men, a 39-year-old and a 63-year-old, both from Saint John, were arrested. They were released and are to appear in court in September.
Police do not believe the two seizures are related.