Two Arrested for Possession of a Tobacco Product Not Properly Stamped



    AKWESASNE, ON, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Officers from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service stopped two vehicles that lead to the RCMP arresting a 26 year old
Jeremy Labelle from Cornwall, Ontario and a 44 year old female resident from
Akwesasne, Ontario for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped
according to the Excise Act 2001.
    On January 26th, 2009, an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service observed a male passenger arrive in Akwesasne, Ontario in a taxi and
was observed shortly thereafter driving a 1999 Pontiac Transport van. The
officer stopped the van on International Road in Akwesasne, Ontario. Upon
walking up to the driver, the officer observed fake head rests in the rear
passenger area of the vehicle with a black blanket covering cargo. The driver
was identified as Jeremy Labelle who did not produce any driving documents and
admitted to be transporting cigarettes.
    Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist.
Labelle was arrested and the RCMP officers seized 1,650 resealable bags of
cigarettes as well as the van. Officers believe these cigarettes were
manufactured in the United States. Jeremy Labelle was held in custody to
appear at the Cornwall court for a bail hearing on Tuesday, January 27th,
2009. He was charged for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped
as well as for breaching probation conditions. He was also issued Highway
Traffic Act tickets from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service officer for
driving a motor vehicle without a licence, failing to provide identification
and failing to provide a permit for a motor vehicle. He also received a ticket
under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act for failing to have an insurance
card.
    Later on the same day, an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service stopped a 2001 Mazda Tribute in a commercial parking lot in Cornwall,
Ontario after it travelled from Akwesasne, Ontario. The officer approached the
driver and observed card board boxes of cigarettes inside the vehicle.
Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist.
    RCMP officers arrested the driver, seized 1,250 resealable bags of
cigarettes as well as the vehicle. The driver was released to appear at the
Cornwall court on March 26th, 2009. Officers believe that these cigarettes
were also manufactured in the United States.
    "Our priority is public safety and to stop those who continue to take
advantage of the geography of our region to commit criminal activities," said
Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "Again our partners are finding people
driving without any proper documents or insurance on our roadways."





For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP Cornwall Detachment,
(613) 937-2831; A/Chief of Police Steve Lazore, Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service, (613) 575-2340


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