February 23, 2019 9:26 am
Updated: February 23, 2019 9:27 am

Two Manitobans busted with 200,000 illegal smokes in Ontario

An OPP cruiser.

Nick Westoll / File / Global News

A pair of Manitobans are facing charges after a bust by Ontario Provincial Police that saw the seizure of 200,000 contraband cigarettes and cigars east of Thunder Bay.

The unmarked smokes were uncovered at a traffic stop, on Highway 17 near Lahontan Township near Rossport in northwestern Ontario, about halfway between Nipigon and Marathon.

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Winnipegger George Mike Saunders, 50, and Candice Kowal, 53, of Garson, Man., were charged with trafficking contraband tobacco, and possessing unmarked cigarettes for sale.

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