New York State Resident Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco



    CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - A 23 year old female driver from
Hogansburg, New York faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 following a RIDE
program verification by the Ontario Provincial Police in Cornwall, Ontario.
    On February 10th, 2009, a 2002 Buick Rendezvous approached an OPP RIDE
program check point in Cornwall, Ontario. The officers observed cardboard
boxes of contraband tobacco in the vehicle that were covered with a black
sheet and contacted RCMP officers from the Cornwall Detachment to assist. RCMP
officers arrested the driver, seized 1,000 resealable bags of Discount Full
Flavor brand cigarettes as well as the vehicle. The driver will appear at the
Cornwall court on April 7th, 2009.
    "Through decades of experience dealing with this illegal market,
enforcement efforts alone will not resolve the issues", said Sgt. Michael
Harvey from the RCMP. "While enforcement is necessary, making an impact on
this crime also requires public awareness, enhanced agency partnerships, and
open and on-going dialogue with Aboriginal communities."






For further information:

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


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