Vehicle Stop Leads to Arrest of Two Quebec Residents for Possession of Contraband Cigarettes



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - A 44 year old female driver from
Kahnawake, Quebec and a 40 year old female passenger from Akwesasne, Quebec
face charges for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under
authority of the Excise Act 2001 following a vehicle stop by the Ontario
Provincial Police on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario.
    On February 7th, 2009, OPP officers stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Venture van
during a Highway Traffic Act investigation on Highway 401 in South Glengarry,
Ontario and observed the van to be transporting cardboard boxes of contraband
cigarettes. RCMP officers from the Cornwall Detachment were contacted to
assist and attended the scene. The RCMP arrested both occupants and seized
1,350 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes and 150 resealable bags of
Discount Canadian Lights brand cigarettes. The RCMP also seized the van. The
driver and passenger will appear at the Alexandria court on April 8th, 2009.
The driver was also issued a Highway Traffic Act ticket for driving a motor
vehicle with no licence.
    "The demand for cheaper tobacco products is evident by the increased
number of locations where illegal tobacco products can be purchased", said
Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "The difference in price between contraband
and legal tobacco products allows for a significant profit to be made. Simply
put, organized crime involvement in the contraband tobacco market is driven by
greed."




For further information:

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


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