Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Stop a Vehicle which leads to the seizure of 121,200 Cigarettes by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment



    AKWESASNE, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - On June 13th, 2008 at 6:39 a.m., an
officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service stopped a 2000 Hyundai
Elantra on International Road northbound in Akwesasne, Ontario. When the
officer was questioning the driver he could smell a strong odour of tobacco
and he also observed clear re-sealable bags of cigarettes inside the vehicle.
Officers from the Cornwall RCMP detachment were contacted and seized 606
re-sealable bags of cigarettes which represents 121,200 cigarettes worth
$13,332. It is believed that these cigarettes were manufactured in the United
States.
    The driver and registered owner of the vehicle, a 23 year old male
resident of Pardo Street in Pointe-Claire, Quebec was arrested and will be
charged by the RCMP for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped
according to the Excise Act 2001. He was released and will appear at the
Cornwall court on August 11th, 2008. The vehicle, which is valued at $3,325,
was also seized by the RCMP. The driver will also be charged by the Akwesasne
Mohawk Police Service for trespassing on an Indian Reserve under authority of
the Indian Act as well as failing to surrender a driver's licence under
authority of the Highway Traffic Act.
    "We will work together to ensure that our communities remain safe from
any suspicious activity," states Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "Those who
disobey the laws will face charges that can lead to a criminal record or
substantial fines."





For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, Cornwall RCMP Detachment,
(613) 937-2831; Chief of Police Lewis Mitchell, Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service, (613) 575-2340


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