On Saturday January 7, 2017 at approximately 11:30 pm members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East Wawa Detachment had occasion to stop a motor vehicle on Highway 17 near the intersection of Highway 101 in the McMurray Township for a traffic violation. During the stop the officers observed several cartons of unmarked cigarettes.
Further investigation revealed that 53 600 unmarked cigarettes were in the motor vehicle, all were subsequently seized.
As a result Michael MITCHELL (51) of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Dawn Holli WIEBE (37) of Winnipeg Manitoba were charged with the following offences;
- Adult Possess unmarked cigarettes for sale contrary to section 29(1) of the Tobacco Tax Act,
- Adult Possess unmarked cigarettes contrary to section 29 (2) of the Tobacco Tax Act.
The 2 defendants were released on a Summons for court in Wawa in May of 2017.