Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service roadside check leads to RCMP cigarette seizure

    AKWESASNE, ON, July 14 /CNW/ - A 29 year old Valleyfield, Quebec woman is
facing charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product
not properly stamped following a roadside seatbelt check on International Road
in Akwesasne, Ontario. When members of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service
stopped the woman at 10:57 on July 13th, they observed several cardboard boxes
containing cigarettes and noted the smell of tobacco coming from inside the
woman's 1995 Ford Crown Victoria. Members of the RCMP's Cornwall Detachment
attended and seized 190,000 cigarettes in 950 re-sealable bags. The cigarettes
are estimated to be worth $20,900, and are believed to have been manufactured
in the United States. The woman's car, worth an estimated $300 was also
seized. The woman is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on August 21st,
    "The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service consists of front line officers in a
community that borders Ontario, Quebec and New York State", said Sgt. Michael
Harvey of the RCMP's Cornwall Detachment. "The officers continue to ensure
that those who travel within their community are doing so in a safe and legal

For further information:

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

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