Three Arrested for Possession of Contraband Cigarettes



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - A young person and two twenty year
old male residents from Akwesasne, Ontario each face a charge under the Excise
Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped. These
charges result from two traffic stops by the Ontario Provincial Police on
Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario.
    On January 12th, 2009, an officer from the OPP stopped a 2000 Pontiac
Grand Prix after the officer observed the vehicle speeding on Highway 401
eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. The driver exited the vehicle to
approach the officer. He was immediately advised to return to his vehicle for
safety reasons. The officer then approached the vehicle and observed clear
resealable bags of contraband cigarettes on the rear seat. Officers from the
Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist.
    The RCMP officers attended the scene, arrested the young person, seized
the vehicle as well as 750 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. The
driver was later released to appear at the Alexandria court on February 4th,
2009.
    Later the same date, an officer from the OPP stopped a second vehicle, a
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche on Highway 401 Eastbound for displaying a licence
plate not belonging to the vehicle. The officer observed contraband cigarettes
inside the vehicle and contacted officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment to
attend.
    The RCMP officers attended the scene, arrested the driver and passenger,
seized the vehicle as well as 925 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes.
The cigarettes seized from both stops are believed to have been manufactured
in the United States and smuggled into Canada. They were both released to
appear at the Alexandria court on March 11th, 2009.
    "The resealable bags that we often seize contain a label on them which
has a Surgeon General's Warning," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "This
warning is used in the United States and not in Canada. Do not be fooled by
this warning as the label does not make the product legal for sale in Canada."




For further information:

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


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