Anti-Contraband Enforcement Unit Important Step in Fighting Organized Crime
The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) welcomed the confirmation of the setup of New Brunswick’s new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Unit. It was confirmed this week that the new, 9-member team will be in place by the spring and have the same authority as police.
“Experience in Quebec has shown that dedicated enforcement is an effective tool to reducing contraband. In that province, tough anti-contraband measures introduced in 2009 have led to a 50% decrease in contraband,” said Gary Grant, a 39-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service and spokesperson for NCACT. “New Brunswick still has much work to do, and recent tax increases introduced in the last budget will only make this challenge more difficult,” continued Grant. “Anti-contraband measures really must be given a chance to work before changes to the legal market should be considered.”