Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Locate Abandoned Truck which leads to the seizure of 330,800 Cigarettes by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment

    AKWESASNE, ON, June 13 /CNW/ - On June 8th, 2008, at 00:30 a.m., an
officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service observed a 2004 Chevrolet
Avalanche travelling from Akwesasne, Ontario towards Cornwall. The officer
recognized the driver and was aware the driver did not possess a valid
driver's licence. As the officer attempted to stop the truck on Pitt Street in
Cornwall, the driver sped off at speeds reaching 150 kilometres in a posted 50
kilometre zone. The driver returned to Akwesasne, Ontario and abandoned the
truck in a driveway located on Buckshot Road in Akwesasne. The officer
approached the truck and observed cardboard boxes of cigarettes throughout the
truck and he also detected a strong odour of tobacco. Officers were unable to
locate the driver. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP detachment seized 1,654
re-sealable bags of cigarettes representing 330,800 cigarettes valued at
$36,388. The RCMP also seized the truck valued at $15,900. The cigarettes are
believed to have been manufactured in the United States.
    "Our investigation continues with regards to this incident and charges
could be filed in the future" states Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The
erratic and dangerous driving on the streets of our communities is not
tolerated and poses a danger to our citizens."

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, Cornwall RCMP Detachment,
(613) 937-2831; Deputy Chief Steve Lazore, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service,
(613) 575-2340

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