More than 306 kilograms of contraband shisha tobacco, contraband cigarettes, and flavoured cigars were seized by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). The total potential lost tax revenue is estimated to be more than $116,000.
The contraband products were found as a result of a search warrant in Edmonton at Alex’s Convenience Store in January. Hiwot Atnafu and Alemayehu (Alex) Girma have been charged with several violations, including Criminal Code charges for fraud over $5,000, trafficking in contraband tobacco as well as charges under the provincial Tobacco Tax Act for possesion of more than 1,000 grams of tobacco. Both are scheduled to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on March 16, 2016.
Our 2014-15 Annual Report demonstrates the AGLC’s continued commitment to ensuring the integrity of Alberta’s gaming and liquor industries, generating revenue for the province and the people of Alberta, while recognizing and responding to the social impacts of our products and services. As noted in the report, more than $1.5 billion from provincial gaming was placed in the Alberta Lottery Fund and nearly $766 million went to the General Revenue Fund from liquor and licensing operations.