CORNWALL, ON, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - While conducting surveillance at a
South Glengarry campground, on April 17th, 2013, members of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) observed a
boat approach the shoreline. The boat's occupants met an individual
standing on shore and contraband cases were quickly unloaded from the
vessel, which departed shortly after. Members moved in to apprehend
the male, later identified as Bradford LAUZON (age 28) from Cornwall, Ontario. LAUZON was found to be in possession of 25 cases of contraband cigarettes. He
was arrested and charged for the unstamped tobacco, processed and later
released from custody on a Recognizance with Undertaking.
On the evening of April 24th, 2013, while conducting surveillance along the shores of the St.
Lawrence River, in the Bainsville, Ontario area, members of the CRTF
located a Ford Windstar van filled with approximately 700 kilograms of
fine cut tobacco. The conveyance and contraband was seized. No
individuals have yet been charged in this matter.
On the afternoon of April 27th, 2013, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) notified CRTF members that
a pickup truck had failed to stop at the Cornwall Port of Entry (POE)
earlier that day. CRTF members scoured the area and later recovered
the suspect vehicle, a 2012 Ford F-250 along with eleven (11) cases of
contraband cigarettes, at the rear of a 7th Street West, Cornwall business. Ensuing investigation alleges that
Nolan THOMPSON (age 19) from Hogansburg, NY, was driving the vehicle at the time he
failed to stop to report at the POE. Police have an outstanding arrest
warrant for THOMPSON.
On April 29th, 2013, CRTF members were called to Cornwall's POE by CBSA officers to
arrest and process three (3) individuals who had been stopped and found
to be in possession of non-duty paid packaged alcohol. Diane LAJOIE (age 29) and April LAZORE (age 28), both from Cornwall and Sherman JACOBS (age 44) from Akwesasne, Ontario were found to be in possession of 54 -
1.75 litre bottles of assorted liquor. All three were processed at the
RCMP Detachment and released from custody to appear at a future court
date. Their vehicle along with the liquor was seized.
On the night of April 30th, 2013, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) traffic stop on the Highway
401, in South Dundas, lead to the arrest of the driver for being in
possession of contraband tobacco. Upon discovery of the contraband,
the CRTF was notified. Nathan SOUTHWORTH (age 25) from Bombay, New York, was arrested and charged for being in
possession of 29 cases of contraband tobacco. SOUTHWORTH's vehicle along with the contraband was seized.
During the afternoon of May 22nd, 2013, following a complaint that a South Glengarry residence was being
used without the property owner's consent, CRTF members attended the
property in question. Upon arrival, the members observed a vehicle and
a male at the residence. The male, later identified as Jacques DESGROSEILLIERS (age 66) from Melocheville, Quebec, was placed under arrest for being
in possession of unstamped tobacco. In total, 320.5 kilograms of fine
cut tobacco and two (2) cases of contraband cigarettes and DESGROSEILLIERS' vehicle was seized. DESGROSEILLIERS was processed and released on his own Recognizance pending his 1st court appearance.
In the evening of June 10th, 2013, CRTF members were called to the POE to process another domestic
contraband cigarette seizure. Carl VAN EVERY (age 18) from Akwesasne, Ontario was arrested and charged for having in
his possession ten (10) cases of contraband cigarettes. His conveyance
along with the contraband was seized. VAN EVERY was processed and later released from custody on a Promise to Appear.
On June 11th, 2013, CRTF members were once again called to attend Cornwall's Port of
Entry. Jordan OAKES (age 32) from Hogansburg, NY, was using a modified pickup truck in his
efforts to smuggle four (4) cases of contraband cigarettes through
Customs. OAKES was arrested and charged for being in possession of unstamped tobacco
and later released from custody on a Promise to Appear. The conveyance
and the contraband cigarettes were seized.
During the early morning hours of June 13th, 2013, while conducting surveillance in South Glengarry, CRTF members
observed a vessel heading towards shore. Before members could get on
scene, the vessel had departed. Upon arrival, CRTF found an unoccupied
SUV along 41 bags of fine cut tobacco. The vehicle and contraband
weighing approximately 620 kilograms was seized. This investigation is
Early afternoon on June 15th, 2013, CRTF was called to the POE to arrest Christine DURFY (age 59) from Almonte, Ontario, who was found to be in possession of
five (5) cases of contraband cigarettes. Her vehicle, a 2006 Impala,
was also seized. DURFY was brought to the RCMP Detachment, where she was processed and
released on a Promise to Appear.
The individuals noted above, who have been charged under the provisions
of the Excise Act, 2001, also face charges under the provincial Tobacco
Tax Act for possession of unmarked cigarettes.
If you have any information regarding criminal activity in your area,
you can contact the CRTF at 1-613-937-2800 or call Crime Stoppers at
The CRTF is a joint forces partnership that includes the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency, Ontario Provincial
Police, Cornwall Community Police Service and the Ontario Ministry of
SOURCE: Cornwall Regional Task Force
For further information:
Cst. Jean Juneau
613-937-2800, ext. 258
Sgt. Kristine Rae
Ontario Provincial Police