Tractor Trailer Full of Contraband Cigarettes Seized During Joint Police Operation



    SOUTH STORMONT, ON, May 4 /CNW/ - Three area residents face charges for
possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of the
Excise Act 2001 as a result of a joint law enforcement operation with officers
from the Canada Border Services Agency and the Cornwall RCMP Detachment.
    On April 29th, 2009, an officer from CBSA observed people moving
cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes into a tractor trailer that was
parked at a residence on Hunter's Road in Osnabruck Centre. When RCMP officers
arrived at the residence they stopped a 1997 International 920 cab hooked onto
a 1990 GDRA Van trailer before it left the residence. Officers opened up the
trailer to find it to be completely full of contraband cigarettes. RCMP
officers seized 1,314 boxes containing 65,700 cartons or resealable bags of
contraband cigarettes. There were various brands seized including Signal
Menthol, Signal Full Flavor, Signal Lights, Discount Lights, Discount Full
Flavor, DK's Full Flavor, Putter's Lights, clear resealable bags of full
flavor and light flavoured cigarettes. The RCMP also seized the tractor
trailer cab and trailer. A 54 year old male resident of Cornwall, a 38 year
old male and a 19 year old male both residents from Long Sault, Ontario were
arrested and will appear at the Cornwall court on July 7th, 2009. RCMP
officers also seized 125 marihuana plants located in a shed at the residence
and officers are continuing this part of the investigation.
    "This is the largest tobacco seizure the Cornwall Detachment has made in
recent history", said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "We believe the
brands of cigarettes seized were manufactured in the United States and
smuggled by criminal organizations to this location to load up the tractor
trailer. The cigarettes were then to be delivered west of this region to be
sold illegally."






For further information:

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


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