CORNWALL, ON, July 4 /CNW/ - Two Akwesasne, Ontario residents are facing
charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of tobacco products not
properly stamped, after an afternoon traffic stop by a member of the Ontario
Provincial Police on July 2nd, resulted in the seizure of 200,000 contraband
cigarettes worth an estimated $22,000. While questioning the female driver of
the 2002 Ford F150 pick up about her expired driver's licence, the O.P.P
officer noted the strong smell of tobacco coming from within the truck.
Members of the RCMPs Cornwall Detachment were contacted and 550 cartons of
Discount Light brand cigarettes and 450 cartons of Discount Full Flavour
brands were seized. It is believed that the cigarettes were manufactured in
the United States and smuggled into Canada. The 2002 Ford F150 pick up worth
an estimated $17,000 was also seized.
"We are concerned that organized crime groups are making huge profits
from the illicit tobacco trade", said Sgt. Mike Harvey of the RCMP's Cornwall
Detachment. "People need to be aware that they are funding criminal activity
if they purchase tobacco products not sold legitimately".
For further information:
For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP, (613) 937-2831