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B.C. cigarette smuggler receives conditional sentence, fine

Scott Brown, Postmedia Network

Ning Zang pleaded guilty last month to smuggling 202 cartons of undeclared cigarettes through the Point Roberts-Boundary Bay border crossing in 2014. (PNG photo)

Ning Zang pleaded guilty last month to smuggling 202 cartons of undeclared cigarettes through the Point Roberts-Boundary Bay border crossing in 2014. (PNG photo)

A would-be smuggler has been handed a conditional sentence and a fine for attempting to sneak 202 cartons of cigarettes into Canada three years ago.

On June 26, Ning Zang pleaded guilty in Surrey Provincial Court to one count of smuggling and one count of possession of unstamped tobacco after being caught with the undeclared smokes by Canada Border Services Agency at the Boundary Bay-Port Roberts border crossing in 2014.

After receiving a tip, CBSA officers conducted an in-depth inspection of Zang’s vehicle and discovered 202 cartons of undeclared cigarettes well-concealed in the seats and throughout the vehicle.

Zang was sentenced to a three-month conditional sentence, 50 hours of community service and an $8,484 fine.