More than 17-thousand illegal cigarettes have been seized in Summerside, following an investigation by the Prince District Joint Forces Operation (JFO).
On May 19, 2022, the Prince District JFO executed a search warrant at a home on Read Drive as part of an ongoing investigation into violations of the Excise Act and Tobacco Tax Act. During the search of the home, police seized 17,366 contraband cigarettes, as well as a quantity of Canadian currency.
A 73-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He was later released pending a court appearance in Summerside Provincial Court at a later date.
The Prince District JFO Unit is comprised of members of the Prince District RCMP, Summerside Police Services, and Kensington Police Services.
The public plays an important role in helping reduce, prevent, and solve crime, including the trafficking of illegal drugs and contraband tobacco. Anyone with information about, or who suspects, illegal drug or firearm activity in their community is asked to contact the Prince District JFO Unit at 902-436-9300. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)