Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Stop Two Vehicles which leads to the Seizure of 200,000 Cigarettes and 526 Kilograms of Fine Cut Tobacco by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment



    CORNWALL, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - On June 25th, 2008, at 2:40 a.m., an
officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service observed a 2005 GMC Sierra
pick-up truck travelling on Island Road in Akwesasne, Ontario when he noticed
the driver and passenger shielding their identity. The officer stopped the
truck at the Wal-Mart parking lot located on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall,
Ontario. He observed two females exit the truck and walk towards the store.
The officer advised the ladies to return to their truck and when the driver
opened the door the officer detected an odour of tobacco. He also observed
bags of fine cut tobacco on the rear seat of the truck. An officer from the
Cornwall RCMP detachment was contacted and seized 22 garbage bags which
contained 526 kilograms of fine cut tobacco worth $47,340. It is believed that
this tobacco originated from the United States.
    The driver, a young person as defined under the Youth Criminal Justice
Act, and the passenger, a 20 year old female resident of River Road in
Akwesasne, New York, were arrested and were questioned for possession of a
tobacco product not properly stamped according to the Excise Act 2001. They
were both released and the investigation continues. The truck, valued at
$17,000, was also seized by the RCMP. The driver was issued Highway Traffic
Act offence tickets from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for fail to
surrender insurance, fail to surrender permit for motor vehicle and fail to
surrender licence.
    Later on the same date, at 10:50 a.m., an officer from the Akwesasne
Mohawk Police Service stopped a 1999 Ford Expedition on Marleau Avenue in
Cornwall, Ontario as a result of a trespassing on an Indian Reserve
investigation. The driver had been observed travelling and stopping in
Akwesasne, Ontario. When the officer approached the driver he could smell an
odour of tobacco and he observed blankets covering card board boxes of
cigarettes behind the driver's seat. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP
detachment were contacted and seized 1,000 re-sealable bags of cigarettes
which represents 200,000 cigarettes valued at $22,000. It is believed that
these cigarettes were manufactured in the United States.
    The driver, a 59 year old male resident of Water Street in Cornwall,
Ontario 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, valued at $11,800, was also seized by the RCMP. The driver will face
charges from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for trespassing on an Indian
Reserve under authority of the Indian Act.
    "In Cornwall, we are part of an integrated criminal intelligence section
that involves partners from Canada and the United States working together,
pooling their information and jointly selecting targets," states Sgt. Michael
Harvey of the RCMP. "We are seeing the benefits of this improved integrated
policing."





For further information:

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


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