Employee And Owner Of Manitoba First Nation Smoke Shop Fined More Than $2 Million

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RCMP and Dakota Ojibway Police Service officers seized these boxes of cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco, firearms and other items, during a raid at a smoke shop at the Dakota Plains First Nation in January 2014. (RCMP) RCMP and Dakota Ojibway Police Service officers seized these boxes of cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco, firearms and other items, during a raid at a smoke shop at the Dakota Plains First Nation in January 2014. (RCMP)

By Red Power Media, Staff, June 17, 2016 

Two people were convicted yesterday of various offences under the Tobacco Tax and other acts.

According to CBC News, the owner of a First Nations smoke shop in Manitoba, along with an employee, faced more than $2 million in fines and penalties after untaxed cigarettes were seized two years ago.

Craig Blacksmith, who owned the smoke shop at the Dakota Plains First Nation, and employee Tammy Walters were convicted on Thursday of numerous offences under the provincial Tobacco Tax Act and Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act.

In 2014, RCMP raided a smoke shop and seized almost a million non-marked cigarettes, close to 2000…

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