Gatineau police seized thousands of contraband cigarettes, cannabis and a car during a series of raids last week in an operation focused on the illegal tobacco trade.
Gatineau police officials said they initially identified several residents who were potentially linked to smuggling contraband cigarettes. Four people were arrested in four separate searches at different addresses in Gatineau and Hull on Jan. 6.
Three of the suspects are accused of smuggling tobacco and a fourth person is accused of supplying them.
Police seized more than 35,000 cigarettes, 333 grams of cannabis, $3,305 in cash and a vehicle valued at approximately $5,000.
Three men and one woman face non-criminal charges under the Tobacco Tax Act. Police said charges related to cannabis possession could also be filed following the investigation.
Gatineau police (SPVG) ask anyone with information about illegal tobacco smuggling to phone the information line at 819 243-4636, ext. 4.