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Canadian police arrest dozens in tobacco smuggling raid

Authorities allege the suspects, ranging from 35 to 65 years of age, smuggled cheap tobacco from the United States through border crossings including Kahnawake Mohawk and Iroquois ancestral territoriesCanadian police on Wednesday arrested nearly 60 people suspected of links to a tobacco smuggling ring accused of defrauding the government of half a billion dollars, officials said. The authorities allege the suspects, ranging from 35 to 65 years of age, smuggled cheap tobacco from the United States through border crossings including Kahnawake Mohawk and Iroquois ancestral territories. The investigation, which began in 2014, constituted “the largest on tobacco smuggling in America to date, and also in cross-border crime between Canada and the United States,” Quebec provincial police Captain Frederick Gaudreau said in a statement.

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