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Man charged after 200,000 contraband smokes seized during Bedford traffic stop

The tax value of the cigarettes is close to $100,000, says Service Nova Scotia.

A picture taken on September 29, 2017 shows a close up shot a stack of cigarettes.

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A picture taken on September 29, 2017 shows a close up shot a stack of cigarettes.

Holy, that’s a lot of smokes.

Nova Scotia’s Compliance and Special Investigations Unit say they along with Halifax RCMP arrested a man from Ottawa on the weekend who was said to be driving with 200,000 contraband cigarettes in his vehicle.

The province says the arrest of the 54-year-old man was made Sunday in Bedford.

A release doesn’t say where the arrest happened, or at what time. The accused, who hasn’t been named, is due in Dartmouth provincial court on Jan. 31.

He has been charged under the Criminal Code, the Nova Scotia Revenue Act and Excise Act 2001.

According to the province, 200,000 contraband cigarettes has a provincial tax value of more than $55,000 and a federal tax price tag of $42,000.

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