Vehicle Stopped by the OPP Found to Contain Fine Cut Tobacco



    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - A 22 year old Cornwall, Ontario man
was arrested by the RCMP and will be charged for possession of a tobacco
product not properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 after the
van he was driving was stopped by the Ontario Provincial Police in South
Glengarry, Ontario.
    On February 14th, 2009, OPP officers stopped a 2000 Ford Windstar van on
Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. The officer observed
several garbage bags of tobacco inside the van and contacted officers from the
Cornwall RCMP Detachment to assist. RCMP officers seized 20 garbage bags
containing 404 kilograms of fine cut tobacco believed to have been smuggled
into Canada from the United States. The driver was arrested and will appear at
the Alexandria court on April 8th, 2009. He was also issued a Highway Traffic
Act ticket for driving a motor vehicle while suspended. The van was also
seized.
    "We will continue to work with domestic and international law enforcement
partners to identify and target criminal organizations involved in the illicit
tobacco trade as well as seize the proceeds of their crimes", said Sgt.
Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "In doing so we will develop, support and employ
innovative enforcement models such as Program ACCES, Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service Joint Investigative Team and SHIPRIDER, to target and disrupt
smuggling and distribution networks."





For further information:

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


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