Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service traffic stop leads to RCMP seizure of 300,000 cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - A 22 year old Cornwall, Ontario man is
facing charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product
not properly stamped following a vehicle stop in a commercial parking lot on
Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario.
    On August 14th, 2008, at 11:08 a.m., an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk
Police Service observed a 2003 Chevrolet pick-up truck failing to stop at a
stop sign on Island Road in Akwesasne, Ontario. When the officer stopped the
truck he found the truck to contain cardboard boxes of cigarettes. Members of
the Cornwall RCMP Detachment assisted and seized 1,500 re-sealable bags of
cigarettes which represents 300,000 cigarettes estimated to be valued at
$33,000. The cigarettes are believed to have been manufactured in the United
States. The truck, worth an estimated $8,900, was also seized. The driver is
scheduled to appear at the Cornwall court on September 22nd, 2008, and faces
an additional charge from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for disobeying a
stop sign.
    "Many drivers in our communities are continuing to bring attention to
themselves when they disobey the traffic laws," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of
the RCMP. "The motoring public need to watch out as these drivers's put others
at risk."

For further information:

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

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