Two Arrested for Possession of Contraband Cigarettes



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, May 5 /CNW/ - A 47 year old female resident from
Akwesasne, Ontario and a 26 year old female resident from Cornwall, Ontario
each face a charge for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped
under authority of the Excise Act 2001 after the vehicles they were driving
were stopped by the Ontario Provincial Police.
    On May 3rd, 2009, an officer from the OPP stopped a 2003 Buick Rendezvous
on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario for a Highway Traffic Act
investigation. The officer approached the driver and observed cardboard boxes
containing contraband cigarettes. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment
were contacted to assist. RCMP officers seized 1,000 clear resealable bags of
contraband cigarettes which are believed to have been smuggled into Canada
from the United States. The vehicle was also seized. The driver was arrested
and will appear at the Alexandria court on July 8th, 2009. She was also issued
a Highway Traffic Act Offence Notice from the OPP officer for driving a motor
vehicle with no driver's licence.
    Later on the same date, a OPP officer stopped a 1998 Dodge Stratus on
Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. When the officer questioned
the driver he observed cardboard boxes containing contraband cigarettes.
Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist and seized
1,000 clear resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the vehicle.
It is believed that these cigarettes were also smuggled into Canada from the
United States. The 26 year old female driver was arrested and will appear at
the Alexandria court on July 8th, 2009. She was also issued a Highway Traffic
Act Offence Notice for driving a motor vehicle with no driver's licence.
    "Both drivers did not know who owned the vehicles they were driving when
questioned by police", said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "Criminal
organizations are recruiting many local area residents to get into a vehicle
that has already been packed with the contraband cigarettes to then drive the
illicit tobacco to smoke shacks located in Aboriginal communities to be sold
illegally."





For further information:

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


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