O.P.P. vehicle stop leads to RCMP seizure of 425.36 kilograms of fine cut tobacco



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - An Ontario Provincial Police Tobacco
Stop on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario on September 5th,
2008 has resulted in the RCMP seizure of 425.36 kilograms of fine cut tobacco
worth an estimated $38,284.
    At 6:18 a.m., an officer from the O.P.P. stopped a 2000 Ford F 150
pick-up truck on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry. When the officer
approached the driver, the driver sped away and collided with a Transport
truck that was also heading eastbound. The driver fled away on foot and the
officer secured the scene to continue the investigation. The officer located
garbage bags of fine cut tobacco inside the truck and contacted the Cornwall
RCMP Detachment to assist. RCMP officer attended and seized 21 garbage bags
that contained 425.36 kilograms of fine cut tobacco which is believed to have
been produced in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The RCMP did not
seize the pick-up truck as it was heavily damaged in the collision. The RCMP
and O.P.P. are continuing the investigation and the driver has not been
located.
    "We continue to see a rise in dangerous driving by the people who are
transporting the illicit tobacco on our roadways and the public is placed at
risk," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "Public safety is our priority
and we encourage the motoring public to be cautious on the roadways due the
risky behaviour of organized crime groups involved in the illicit tobacco
trade."





For further information:

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


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