Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service locate 350,000 cigarettes in abandoned truck

    CORNWALL, ON, July 4 /CNW/ - An attempted vehicle stop by a member of the
Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service has resulted in the seizure of
350,000 cigarettes. On July 2, 2008, at approximately 10:30 p.m., an Akwesasne
Mohawk Police officer observed three vehicles fail to stop at a stop sign in
Akwesasne, Ontario. When the officer attempted to stop the first vehicle, a
2008 Dodge pick-up, the drivers of the other two vehicles interfered with the
stop by slowing down in front of the police vehicle. The officer later located
the 2008 Dodge pick up truck in Cornwall where it had been abandoned following
a collision with another vehicle. Witnesses confirmed that the driver had fled
the scene on foot.
    RCMP officers from Cornwall Detachment attended and seized the Dodge pick
up worth an estimated $30,000,and 350,000 cigarettes packaged in 1,750 plastic
resealable bags. The cigarettes have an estimated value of $38,500, and are
believed to have been manufactured in the United States.
    "By disobeying the basic rules of the road, the people involved in this
type of activity have demonstrated just how willing they are to interfere with
the police in the execution of their duties and place other motorists in
jeopardy", said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP's Cornwall Detachment.

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP, (613) 937-2831;
Detective Sgt. Jerry Swamp, Akwesasne Police Service, (613) 575-2340

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