Spike belt deployed to stop contraband tobacco distribution



    CORNWALL, ON, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - On August 5th 2008, at approximately
10:30 pm, OPP officers from the Long Sault Detachment attempted to stop a
vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act on Highway 401 traveling east near
Summerstown Road. When the marked police vehicle activated it's emergency
equipment, the vehicle refused to stop.
    The suspect vehicle performed a U-turn in order to flee from the police.
Subsequent to a short chase where excessive speeds were reached, the OPP
deployed a spike belt on McConnell Road as the suspect vehicle passed. The
vehicle was then immobilized without incident and two female Akwesasne
residents aged 18 and 19 years were arrested for failing to stop. A subsequent
search of the vehicle, a 2000 Chrysler Cirrus, resulted in the seizure of
1100 resealable ziplock bags containing cigarettes.
    The RCMP were contacted and seized the cigarettes which are believed to
have been manufactured in the United States. The investigation for Possession
of unstamped tobacco under the Excise Act 2001 as well as several Highway
Traffic Act offences are presently ongoing. The total value of this seizure is
$27,200.00.
    Public safety is again being placed at risk when drivers transporting
illegal commodities avoid police enforcement measures. The law enforcement
agencies will continue to work together to ensure that our communities are
safe.




For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Marc LaPorte, RCMP "O" Division Media
Relations Officer, Office: (519) 640-7302, Mobile: (416) 992-4409


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