O.P.P. vehicle stops lead to RCMP seizure of 348,200 contraband cigarettes



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Two Kahnawake, Quebec residents are
facing charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of unstamped tobacco
following the stop of two vehicles by the Ontario Provincial Police on Highway
401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario on September 3rd, 2008.
    The first vehicle described as a 1996 Toyota Avalon was stopped at
2:10 p.m. by O.P.P. officers. The officers observed cardboard boxes of
contraband cigarettes covered with a black sheet inside the vehicle. RCMP
officers from the Cornwall Detachment were contacted to assist. RCMP officers
seized 891 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes and 100 cartons of
Putter's Lights brand cigarettes which are estimated to be worth $21,802. The
driver who is a 25 year old male resident of Kahnawake, Quebec was arrested
and will appear at the Alexandria court on November 5th, 2008. The 1996 Toyota
Avalon estimated to be worth $8,750 was also seized.
    The second vehicle described as a 1997 GM Sunfire was stopped at
2:21 p.m. by O.P.P. officers. Again the officers observed cardboard boxes of
contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle and contacted the RCMP to assist.
RCMP officers seized 750 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes estimated to
be valued at $17,600. The driver who is a 21 year old female resident of
Kahnawake, Quebec was arrested and will appear at the Alexandria court on
November 5th, 2008. The 1997 GM Sunfire estimated to be worth $2,000 was also
seized. All the cigarettes seized are believed to have been manufactured in
the United States and smuggled into Canada.
    "This isn't a problem that only impacts central Canada." said Sgt.
Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The illicit product is reaching all corners of
Canada and organized crime is using that money to fund additional criminal
enterprise, such as drug trafficking."





For further information:

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


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