OPP Stop Two Vehicles That Lead To Large Contraband Tobacco Seizures



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Two Cornwall men, ages 19 and 31
were arrested by the RCMP and will be charged for possession of a tobacco
product not properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 after the
vehicles they were driving were stopped by the Ontario Provincial Police in
South Glengarry, Ontario.
    On February 17th, 2009, OPP officers stopped a 1999 GMC 3500 van on
Cemetery Road in South Glengarry, Ontario after they observed the licence
plates on the van were expired. OPP officers observed the van to contain
cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes and contacted officers from the
Cornwall RCMP Detachment to assist. RCMP officers seized 5,500 resealable bags
of contraband cigarettes believed to have been smuggled into Canada from the
United States. The 31 year old male driver was arrested and will appear at the
Alexandria court on April 8th, 2009. He was also issued a Highway Traffic Act
ticket for driving a motor vehicle while suspended. The van was also seized.
    Later on the same date, OPP officers stopped a 2004 Chrysler Seebring on
Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario after officers observed the
driver act suspiciously. The driver then drove erratically and was
subsequently stopped by officers. OPP officers observed several garbage bags
of tobacco inside the vehicle and contacted officers from the Cornwall RCMP
Detachment to assist. RCMP officers seized 11 garbage bags containing 208
kilograms of fine cut tobacco believed to have been smuggled into Canada from
the United States. Officers also seized the vehicle. The 19 year old male
driver was arrested and will appear at the Alexandria court on April 8th,
2009. He was also issued Highway Traffic Act tickets from the OPP officer for
failing to drive in a marked lane and failing to surrender a drivers licence.
    "The sale of contraband tobacco products does not represent any medium or
long term benefit for anyone except the individuals making profits", said Sgt.
Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "There are negative health consequences,
economic consequences and public safety consequences for Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal communities."





For further information:

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


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