Cornwall RCMP detachment seizes 140,000 contraband cigarettes



    SOUTH STORMONT, ON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - A 38 year old Long Sault, Ontario
man faces charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of unstamped
tobacco following an investigation by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment.
    On September 25th, 2008, at 1:38 p.m., officers observed a 2003 Pontiac
Montana van travel from Akwesasne, Ontario and was subsequently stopped on
County Road 2 in South Stormont, Ontario. RCMP officers observed cardboard
boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the van. Officers seized 700 resealable
bags of contraband cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United
States and smuggled into Canada. The driver was arrested and released to
appear in Cornwall court on October 30th, 2008. The van was also seized.
    "Contraband tobacco that is smuggled from the United States ends up
largely in smoke shacks located in some Canadian Aboriginal communities" said
Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "Street dealers also partake and increasingly
concerning is that certain retailers have been involved in the distribution of
contraband".




For further information:

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


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