Cornwall RCMP Detachment Seize 304,000 Contraband Cigarettes



    CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - A 32 year old Cornwall, Ontario woman faces
an Excise Act 2001 charge for possession of a tobacco product not properly
stamped after the Cornwall RCMP Detachment stopped a pick-up truck she was
driving in Cornwall, Ontario.
    On October 10th, 2008, officers observed a 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up truck
travel from Akwesasne, Ontario which they subsequently stopped on Water Street
in Cornwall, Ontario. Officers seized 1,400 resealable bags of contraband
cigarettes, 60 cartons of Bronco Full Flavor brand cigarettes and 60 cartons
of Bronco Lights brand cigarettes. This represents 304,000 contraband
cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and
smuggled into Canada. The pick-up truck was also seized. The driver was
arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court on November 20th, 2008.
    "There are 105 organized crime groups currently known to be involved in
the illicit tobacco trade", said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "All levels
of organized crime are involved - from small 'mom and pop' operations to
sophisticated, internationally connected operations."





For further information:

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


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