Joint investigation results in one of the largest contraband cigarette seizures in Southwestern Ontario



    LONDON, ON, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - A joint investigation conducted by members
from the London RCMP Detachment and London Police Service has resulted in one
of the largest seizures of contraband cigarettes in the London area. On
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 officers seized approximately 1.8 million cigarettes,
and RCMP charged Ernest Delaronde of London with possession of unstamped
tobacco under the Excise Act. Mr. Delaronde has also been charged by London
Police Service for breach of recognizance. The search was conducted with the
assistance of inspectors from the Ministry of Revenue (Motor Fuels & Tobacco
Tax).
    "The illicit tobacco market is a burden on all Canadians. It directly
decreases government revenue for health and social programs by hundreds of
millions of dollars annually. The success of this investigation was the result
of the joint efforts of London Police Service, Ministry of Revenue and the
RCMP" stated Inspector Dwight Blok, Officer in Charge of RCMP London
Detachment. "This is an excellent example of effective partnerships."
    Ernest Delaronde is scheduled to appear in court in London on August
28th, 2009.
    Anyone with information regarding any type of smuggling activity is
invited to contact the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at
1-800-265-4444.
    Pictures of the seizure are available by e-mail request.






For further information:

For further information: Cpl. Darren Morgan, Media Relation Officer,
London Detachment, RCMP "O" Division, Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 230, Cell:
(519) 777-9035, darren.morgan@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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