WILLIAMSBURG – A roadside stop along County Road 31 in South Dundas last month turned up more than 30,000 contraband cigarettes, and led to the arrest of a Chesterville man.

Members of the RCMP’s Cornwall detachment stopped the vehicle Wed., Nov. 20 following an investigation under the Excise Act.

A search of the involved pick-up truck led to the seizure of 28,200 cigarettes not stamped in accordance with the act, and a further 4,400 cigarettes not stamped in accordance with the Ontario Tobacco Tax Act. The vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Tundra, and a large amount of money were also seized by police.

The driver, Jack Graham Durant, 81, faces charges of possession of unstamped tobacco pursuant to section 32(1) of the Excise Act.

He was released from custody with a court date set for Tues., Feb. 4 in Cornwall.

Durant also faces charges under the Ontario Tobacco Tax Act.


Chesterville resident Jack Durant, 81, faces charges following a November roadside stop on County Road 31 in which RCMP seized a quantity of contraband cigarettes. Schoch Photo