Joint Police Operation Results in Contraband Tobacco Seizure



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, April 24 /CNW/ - Michel Leblanc, a 40 year old male
resident from Cornwall, Ontario was charged for possession of a tobacco
product not properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 as well as
Criminal Code offences for failing to comply with a recognizance and probation
order and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after a joint police
operation.
    On April 22nd, 2009, an officer from CBSA observed a 1994 Nissan Altima
travelling from Akwesasne, Ontario towards Cornwall, Ontario. Officers from
the Cornwall Community Police Service were contacted to assist in stopping the
vehicle. The vehicle increased its speed and refused to stop. Shortly
afterwards, officers located the vehicle abandoned on the shoulder on Highway
401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. The OPP dog services were called
into assist in locating the driver. The driver was located walking on Paragon
Road and detained by OPP officers. The OPP dog tracked the driver's path from
the abandoned car through a forested area and to the rear of the police
vehicle where the suspect was sitting. The driver was arrested for dangerous
operation of a motor vehicle by the OPP and held in custody.
    RCMP officers from the Cornwall Detachment searched the abandoned vehicle
and seized 800 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes, 60 cartons of Da Rez
Lights brand cigarettes, 60 cartons of Signal Menthol brand cigarettes and 20
cartons of Export "A" Full Flavour brand cigarettes which were all believed to
have been smuggled into Canada from the United States. The vehicle was also
seized. The driver, identified as Michel Leblanc, was arrested by the RCMP and
charged for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under
authority of the Excise Act 2001 as well as Criminal Code offences for failing
to comply with a recognizance and probation order. He was held in custody for
a bail hearing at the Cornwall court.
    "Local law enforcement continuously work together to ensure that those
who use our roadways to commit criminal offences are stopped safely and that
the public are not put at risk by the evasive actions of drivers trying to
avoid police interaction," said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "Purchasing
contraband cigarettes from criminal organizations is fueling this criminal
activity."





For further information:

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


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