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P.E.I. man caught with contraband cigarettes fined more than $70,000

The Prince County Court House is located in Summerside.
The Prince County courthouse is located in Summerside. - Jason Malloy
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

An Emerald man racked up more than $70,000 on fines after he was found selling contraband cigarettes.

John Douglas Langley, 62, was caught in the Kensington post office parking lot with more than 50 cartons of unstamped cigarettes on April 14.

Initially, Langley pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing illegal cigarettes and selling cigarettes without a licence on Aug. 5 but changed his pleas to guilty on Sept. 21.

For violating Section 32 of the Excise Act and Section 28 of the Tobacco Tax Act, Langley was fined $200, since it was his first offence.

Fines totalled $62,500 for possession of illegal cigarettes and $12,426.80 for selling unmarked cigarettes without a licence.

Upon Langley’s arrest, Kensington police officers also seized 34 seroquel tablets and 9 unknown white tablets in a container.
 

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