Hummer Seized and Ottawa and Toronto Resident Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco



    CORNWALL, ON, April 16 /CNW/ - A 19 year old female driver from Ottawa,
Ontario and a 24 year old male passenger from Toronto, Ontario face charges
for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of
the Excise Act 2001 when the vehicle they were travelling in was stopped by
officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment.
    On April 15th, 2009, an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency
working with officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment observed a 2003 Hummer
H2 travel from Akwesasne, Ontario towards Cornwall, Ontario. Officers from the
RCMP stopped the vehicle on South Branch Road in Cornwall and observed clear
garbage bags containing fine cut tobacco. RCMP officers seized 17 garbage bags
containing 433 kilograms of fine cut tobacco which is believed to have been
smuggled into Canada from the United States. Officers also seized the 2003
Hummer H2. Both occupants were arrested and will appear at the Cornwall court
on May 19th, 2009.
    "This is the second Hummer H2 we have seized in the past few weeks used
to transport illicit tobacco", said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP.
"Organized crime groups often attempt to change their methods of operation to
avoid attracting police attention. In the past organizations were using older
model vehicles."
    Pictures of the seizure are also available upon request or at the
following web site; http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/news-nouvelles/index-eng.htm




For further information:

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


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