RCMP, CBSA and OPP investigation leads to RCMP seizure of 2,500,000 contraband cigarettes



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - A 40 year old male resident of
St-Isidore-de-Laprairie, Quebec is facing charges under the Excise Act 2001
for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped, after a joint
investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency, RCMP and the Ontario
Provincial Police.
    On August 19th, 2008 at 3:15 p.m., RCMP and O.P.P. officers stopped a
2005 Hino flatbed truck transporting a 20 foot shipping container on Highway
401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. RCMP officers searched the shipping
container and seized 12,500 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. Seized
are 2,500,000 cigarettes estimated to be worth $275,000. It is believed that
the cigarettes were manufactured in the United States and smuggled into
Canada. The 2005 Hino flatbed truck worth an estimated $25,000 as well as the
shipping container worth an estimated $1,500, were also seized. The driver was
also arrested on a Correctional Service of Canada warrant and is being held in
custody. He will appear at the Alexandria court on October 8th, 2008 regarding
the Excise Act 2001 charge.
    "The RCMP has investigated a number of cases that demonstrate the
connection between illegal tobacco trade and organized crime," said Sgt.
Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "Today organized crime groups are operating in
collaboration with each other. Some groups specialize in illicit manufacturing
of goods, other groups may be involved in transporting, while another group
may specialize in laundering the money".
    Pictures of the seizure can be found on the RCMP web site at;
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/press/news_e.htm





For further information:

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


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