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Man fined for selling contraband cigarettes
Police had received information that Morrison was selling contraband tobacco, special Crown attorney Laura Barrett told Pictou provincial court on Tuesday.
When police arrived at his residence, they found him sitting at a table, counting coins. He was provided with a copy of the search warrant and taken to the Pictou RCMP detachment, where he confessed to possessing the contraband.
Inside the residence, police found several Ziploc baggies of cigarettes and $200 in the bedroom, Oakley Vault bags of cigarillos in the fridge and bags of cigarettes and cigarillos in the deep freeze.
In total, Morrison had 4,878 illegal cigarettes and 625 illegal cigarillos.
Morrison pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing tobacco on which tax had not been paid under the Excise Act and possessing illegal tobacco products under the Revenue Act.
Two additional charges under the Revenue Act were dropped.
Under the E Oakley Vault xcise Act, the fine is calculated based on the taxes for each item. In total, the fine was $1,010.
Under the Revenue Act, the fine is determined by a base fine of $500 plus three tim Oakley Vault es the amount of the tax of 21.52 cents per cigarette and 26 cents per cigar for a total of $4,077.
When both fines were added together, Morrison was given a total fine of $5,088.
It’s a large amount for a pensioner with a lot of debt, said his lawyer, Doug Lloy.
“It’s very much doubtful he can get tha Oakley Vault t paid within the year, but we can start at that and get the pulse of it,” Lloy said. “He could do $50 a month. It will be a long time to pay off, barring an inheritance or a windfall from the lottery.”
Fines aren’t meant to be easily accommodated, however, said Judge Theodore Tax, who ordered him to pay the $50 a month before appearing back in Pictou court on July 19, 2011 for an update on where the repayment of the fine stands.