Cumberland Resident Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco



    CORNWALL, ON, April 23 /CNW/ - A 44 year old male resident from
Cumberland, Ontario faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 when the vehicle he
was driving was stopped by an officer from the Cornwall Community Police
Service.
    On April 22nd, 2009, an officer from the Cornwall Community Police
Service stopped a 1997 Ford F-150 pick-up truck travelling on Marleau Avenue
in Cornwall, Ontario after he observed cardboard boxes of contraband
cigarettes while following the truck. The officer approached the driver and
observed more boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the truck. Officers from
the Cornwall RCMP were contacted to assist. RCMP officers seized 1,850
resealable bags of contraband cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in
the United States and smuggled into Canada. They also seized the pick-up
truck. The driver was arrested and will appear at the Cornwall court on June
2nd, 2009.
    "The cardboard boxes were stacked to the roof inside the pick-up truck",
said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "It is a chance the smugglers take in
order to get the illicit tobacco to its destination for illegal sale."




For further information:

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


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