Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service traffic stops lead to RCMP seizure of 700,000 cigarettes



    CORNWALL, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Officers from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service stopped three vehicles in two days which lead to the Cornwall RCMP
Detachment seizure of 3,500 re-sealable bags of cigarettes which represent
700,000 cigarettes estimated to be valued at $77,000.
    On August 10th, 2008, at 3:36 p.m., an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk
Police Service stopped a 1998 Mercury Mystic on Pitt Street in Cornwall,
Ontario after the officer observed the vehicle to be speeding on the Seaway
International Bridge toward Cornwall. An officer from the Cornwall RCMP
Detachment was contacted to assist and the RCMP officer seized 500 re-sealable
bags of cigarettes located inside the vehicle. The 1998 Mercury Mystic worth
an estimated $3,475 was also seized. The 19 year old male driver, a resident
of Lunenburg, Ontario, faces charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession
of a tobacco product not properly stamped. He was released and will appear at
the Cornwall court on September 29th, 2008. The driver was also issued Highway
Traffic Act tickets from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for speeding,
driver failing to surrender a driver's licence, driver failing to surrender a
permit for a motor vehicle, and driver failing to surrender an insurance card.
    Later the same date at 5:00 p.m., an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk
Police Service stopped a 1998 Pontiac Montana van at a parking lot on
Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario after the officer observed the vehicle
failed to have rear brake lights. When the officer approached the driver he
observed cardboard boxes of cigarettes behind the passenger seat. An officer
from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment was contacted to assist and the RCMP officer
seized 500 re-sealable bags of cigarettes. The 1998 Pontiac Montana van worth
an estimated $3,000 was also seized. The 39 year old male driver, a resident
of Cornwall, Ontario, faces charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession
of a tobacco product not properly stamped. He was released and will appear at
the Cornwall court on September 29th, 2008. The driver was also issued Highway
Traffic Act tickets by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for driving while
under suspension and failing to have brake lights.
    Finally on August 11th, 2008, at 11:40 p.m., an officer from the
Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service observed a 2001 GMC Yukon failing to signal a
turn on Island Road in Akwesasne, Ontario and when the officer went to stop
the Yukon he was slowed down by the driver of a Chevrolet Cavalier. The
officer then observed the driver of the Yukon turn into the Peace Tree Mall
and park the Yukon beside a bushy area and the driver fled on foot. An officer
from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment was called to assist and the RCMP seized
2,500 re-sealable bags of cigarettes that were located inside the Yukon. The
2001 GMC Yukon worth an estimated $8,575 was also seized. The driver was not
located and the investigation continues. It is believed that all of the
cigarettes seized were manufactured in the United States.
    "There continues to be a disregard for motor vehicle safety and safe
driving by some drivers which can become a hazard to the motoring public in
our communities" said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The RCMP continues to
assist the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service to ensure that our communities
remain safe."




For further information:

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


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