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Most of St. John’s man’s $158,000 fines stem from contraband tobacco conviction

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St. John's, N.L. — A man pulled over by police Thursday morning for traffic violations may be looking at a few hundred dollars in fines, but it’s nothing in comparison to what he already owes.

Bradley Theodore O’Toole of St. John's was arrested at 10:50 a.m. in the east end of the capital city for reportedly operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s licence and no insurance.

However, the 33-year-old old is still trying to pay off $158,000 in fines, most of which relate to a 2008 conviction for possessing contraband tobacco.

In June 2006, police seized 600 191-gram bags of fine-cut tobacco from his Kilbride apartment and 1,400 cigarettes.

At the time of O’Toole’s sentencing, in April 2008, the judge ordered him to pay more than $170,000 in fines and gave him three years to pay it.

O’Toole appeared in provincial court Thursday, shortly after his arrest. He was released from custody and is due back before a judge March 1.


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