Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Vehicle Stop leads to the RCMP Seizure of Cigarettes



    CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - A 35 year old Cornwall, Ontario male faces
a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped following a vehicle stop by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service.
    On October 20th, 2008, an officer stopped a 1993 Chevrolet pick-up truck
on Cumberland Street in Cornwall, Ontario after it had failed to yield at two
traffic signals. The officer approached the driver and discovered that the
truck was transporting cardboard boxes of cigarettes. Cornwall RCMP members
were contacted to assist and they seized 1,250 resealable bags of cigarettes
believed to have been manufactured in the United States. This represents a
total of 250,000 cigarettes. Officers also seized the vehicle. The driver was
arrested and later released to appear at the Cornwall court on December 1st,
2008. The driver was also issued tickets for Highway Traffic Act offences by
the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for failing to yield at a traffic signal
and driving with no licence.
    "Sharing resources provides law enforcement agencies more leverage to
ensure the public is safe on our roadways," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the
RCMP.




For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP Cornwall Detachment,
Office: (613) 937-2831 or Detective Sgt. Jerry Swamp, Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service, (613) 575-2340


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