Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service vehicle check leads to RCMP cigarette seizure

    CORNWALL, ON, July 16 /CNW/ - An Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service check of
a pickup truck abandoned at a Thirteenth Street convenience store in Cornwall
has resulted in the seizure of 1,200 resealable bags of cigarettes by the
RCMP. On July 15th, 2008, an officer with the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service
was following a 1997 Ford pickup truck from Akwesasne, Ontario, when a second
vehicle slowed the officer down, preventing him from stopping the pickup
truck. The pickup then sped away at a high rate of speed. At 8:25 a.m. the
officer located the vehicle and observed the lone male driver running from the
vehicle. Members of the RCMP's Cornwall Detachment attended and seized 240,000
cigarettes worth an estimated $26,400. The cigarettes are believed to have
been manufactured in the United States. The pickup truck, worth an estimated
$5,825 was also seized. The driver was not located.
    "Our police forces will continue to work together to ensure that those
who do not obey the laws are stopped," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP'
Cornwall Detachment. The investigation continues.

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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