1.35 million illegal cigarettes seized in central Alberta: RCMP

A two-month investigation led to a massive seizure of contraband tobacco products in central Alberta in August.

In a press release Tuesday morning, RCMP said the Red Deer GIS Drug Team raided three properties in Red Deer, Lacombe County and Morningside, Alta. On August 27, 2021 and “seized 1 , 35 million illegal cigarettes, about $ 14,000 in cash, a stolen Dodge. Challenger and contraband cannabis products.

According to the RCMP, the retail value of the cigarettes seized was over $ 1 million.

RCMP photo of contraband tobacco seized in three searches in central Alberta in August 2021.


Red Deer RCMP


Police said their investigation found that “a wholesale supplier of contraband tobacco products was operating out of Red Deer” and was distributed to several locations in Alberta.

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The three properties searched were all linked to the suspect.

Chrys Tremblay, 43, of Red Deer has been charged with:

  • sell unstamped tobacco (contraband) under the Criminal Code;
  • two counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $ 5,000;
  • sell tobacco products not stamped under the Exise Act;
  • possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis products.

His next court appearance will be on November 4, 2021.

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