Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service traffic stop leads to RCMP seizure of 260,000 cigarettes

    AKWESASNE, ON, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - On August 8th, 2008, at 8:36 a.m., an
officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service followed a 2002 Pontiac
Montana on Island Road in Akwesasne, Ontario. When the driver observed the
officer, he accelerated and failed to stop at a stop sign. The officer
activated his emergency equipment and followed the van until the driver
stopped at a residence located on James Lane and fled on foot. The officer
approached the van and observed it to contain cardboard boxes of cigarettes.
Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist. The RCMP
officers seized 1,300 re-sealable bags of cigarettes which represents 260,000
cigarettes estimated to be valued at $28,600. It is believed that the
cigarettes were manufactured in the United States. The 2002 Pontiac Montana
worth an estimated $5,225 was also seized. The driver was not located and the
investigation is on going.
    "We are concerned for the safety of the citizens in our community when it
comes to those who do not obey the rules of the road and place other drivers
at risk on our roadways", said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP.

For further information:

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

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