On April 24, as a result of an ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of unregulated tobacco and cannabis within the City of Selkirk, officers with the Selkirk RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS) and Manitoba Finance Special Investigations Unit, executed a search warrant at a business located in the 400 block of Main Street in Selkirk.

As a result of the search, officers seized over 42,000 illegal cigarettes, a small quantity of cannabis, and over $18,000 in cash.

Officers arrested a 22-year-old man from Winnipeg, who was later released from custody for a court appearance scheduled for July 5, in Selkirk. He will face charges including Possession of Proceeds of Crime, Possession for the Purpose of Selling and Unauthorized Distribution under the Cannabis Act, as well as Possession of 25, or more, units of unmarked Tobacco under the Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act (TAMTA).

If convicted, he could face a mandatory triple tax penalty of over $40,000 under the TAMTA.

The RCMP of Selkirk and Manitoba Finance Special Investigations Unit continue to investigate.