Two arrested after seizure of contraband in Deer Lake

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Two men have been arrested in what RCMP are billing as a significant contraband seizure after they stopped a vehicle in Deer Lake on Tuesday.

A 22-year-old from Gambo and a 55-year-old from Cormack have been bailed to appear in court at a later date.

As part of an ongoing investigation by the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit based in Gander, the RCMP stopped a truck pulling a 15-foot utility trailer. Officers found 7,500 cartons of contraband, 100 cartons of illegal cigars, a small amount of marijuana and some Canadian currency.

A carton of contraband tobacco currently sells for between $55 and $60, putting the total street value of the seized tobacco in the region of $425,000. That would represent an approximate loss to the Newfoundland and Labrador government coffers of $1.65 million.

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