Ten people convicted of contraband tobacco offenses received fines totaling nearly $ 2.4 million, Revenu Québec announced on Wednesday.
The offenders were recently ordered by the Court of Quebec to pay fines totaling $ 2,372,552.70 and two of them were also sentenced to prison terms.
The smugglers, nine men and one woman aged 28 to 79, were accused of “having sold, delivered, or had in their possession tobacco intended for retail sale in Quebec and the package of which was not identified in accordance ”, to have“ transported tobacco intended for sale of which the package was not properly identified ”and not to have had the permits required by law to carry on commercial activities related to tobacco products.
Daniel Hélie, of Victoriaville, was single-handedly fined just over $ 1.1 million and eight months in jail. Authorities have been able to establish that the 68-year-old has sold more than 1.4 million cigarettes through his illegal activities.
According to Revenu Québec, Daniel Hélie is a repeat offender when it comes to contraband tobacco. It was also his fifth conviction for similar offenses.
For his part, Henri Fortin, a 72-year-old man from Saguenay, was fined $ 41,313, in addition to a six-month jail term. On May 11, 2019, the police seized nearly 50,000 illegal cigarettes from his home. In addition to his jail term and fines, Fortin had his driver’s license suspended for six months.