Ontario Provincial Police Vehicle Stop Leads to RCMP Seizure of Contraband Tobacco



    LONDON, ON, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - On Thursday, February, 12th, 2009 members of
the London RCMP Detachment seized 100 cartons of Contraband Tobacco as a
result of an Ontario Provincial Police Traffic stop.
    An officer with the Chatham Kent O.P.P was traveling westbound on Highway
401 near Iona Road and observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the
highway. The officer stopped to investigate. During the course of the
investigation, the O.P.P officer observed two large cardboard boxes inside the
vehicle. The boxes contained 100 clear bags with 200 cigarettes in each bag.
RCMP officers attended the scene and seized the contraband Tobacco. The
driver, a 37 year old male resident of Windsor, Ontario faces charges of
possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under the Excise Act.
    "Contraband tobacco is costing Canadians significant lost of revenue from
tobacco taxes. These funds could have been used for health care initiatives or
other worthy priorities", stated Inspector Dwight Blok, Officer in Charge of
RCMP London Detachment. "The sale of contraband Tobacco products has also been
linked to organized crime. The profits are used to finance drug trafficking,
purchase illegal weapons, and fund other illicit activities."
    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.





For further information:

For further information: Cpl. Darren Morgan, London Federal Enforcement
Section, RCMP "O" Division, Office: (519) 645-4329 ext.230, Cell: (519)
777-9035


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