CBSA and RCMP Surveillance Leads to Seizure of Contraband Tobacco



    CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Two people were arrested by the RCMP for
possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of the
Excise Act 2001 following a joint surveillance operation with officers from
the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP Cornwall Detachment.
    On January 30th, 2009, officers followed a 2003 Chevrolet Impala from
Akwesasne, Ontario and stopped the vehicle at a commercial parking lot on
Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario. When officers approached the driver she
refused to get out of her vehicle. RCMP officers arrested a 42 year old female
driver from Akwesasne, Ontario and seized 746 resealable bags of contraband
cigarettes as well as the vehicle. The driver faces charges for possession of
a tobacco product not properly stamped as well as for obstructing a peace
officer. She was later released to appear at the Cornwall court on April 7th,
2009.
    Later on the same day, officers followed a 2000 Chevrolet Cube Van from
Akwesasne, Ontario and followed the truck to a residence located on Tollgate
Road in Cornwall, Ontario. RCMP officers approached the driver as he exited
the van and observed the van to contain cardboard boxes of contraband
cigarettes. RCMP officers seized 4,350 resealable bags of contraband
cigarettes as well as the van. The driver, identified as 41 year old Jeffery
Adams from Cornwall, Ontario was arrested and charged for possession of a
tobacco product not properly stamped and for failing to comply with an
conditions from a previous release document. He was held for a bail hearing at
the Cornwall court on January 30th, 2009.
    "Success in minimizing the current contraband tobacco market is heavily
dependent on effective partnerships and common priorities across impacted
partners and stakeholders," said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "To this
end, the RCMP is committed to working internally as well as with its partners
and stakeholders to ensure that every effort is made to enhance public safety
and economic integrity across Canada."





For further information:

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


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