A Red Deer man has been charged in connection with Alberta's largest ever recorded contraband tobacco seizure. According to the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC), the estimated $4.5 million seizure could mean lost tax revenue of more than $2.5 million. (Photo courtesy of AGLC)

Red Deer man charged in Alberta’s largest recorded tobacco contraband seizure

ALGC seized an estimated $4.5 million of contraband tobacco

Ali Al-Hameedawi of Red Deer has been charged after the seizure of an estimated $4.5 million dollars of contraband tobacco.

Al-Hameedawi and Husham Hakeem of Calgary, were each charged with trafficking in contraband tobacco, contrary to section 121.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada and fraud over $5,000.

The pair is scheduled to appear in Calgary Provincial Court on Aug. 26. The Calgary Police Service and RCMP executed a search warrant in southeast Calgary to discover the contraband.

The investigation was instigated by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) and represents one of the largest tobacco contraband seizures recorded in Alberta history. The total potential lost tax revenue is estimated to be more than $2.5 million.