A Suspicious Van Fire Leads to a Significant Contraband Tobacco Seizure



    SOUTH STORMONT, ON, May 5 /CNW/ - On May 3rd, 2009, the Ontario
Provincial Police were called to attend a residence located on Myers Road in
South Stormont, Ontario where it was reported that a van was on fire. OPP
officers attended the scene to find a 2004 Chevrolet Cube Van on fire.
Firefighters from the St. Andrews Fire Department arrived to put out the
flames and discovered that the van contained cardboard boxes of contraband
cigarettes.
    Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist. The
cube van was stored until the next day when officers were able to safely seize
the contraband cigarettes. A total of 14,250 resealable bags of contraband
cigarettes were seized. The van was not seized due to the extensive damage.
Officers continue the investigation and no charges have been filed.
    "This is another significant contraband tobacco seizure and we continue
to investigate criminal organizations that will store these cigarettes in
rural areas throughout Eastern Ontario", said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the
RCMP. "Once smuggled into Canada from the United States, these organizations
will distribute the cigarettes to communities all across Canada. The profits
from the illicit tobacco sales are used to finance other criminal activities
that has a negative impact on every community."





For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP Cornwall Detachment,
(613) 937-2831


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