Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service vehicle stop leads to RCMP cigarette seizure

    AKWESASNE, ON, July 18 /CNW/ - A 34 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 on Island Road in Akwesasne,
Ontario. On July 15th at 9:30 p.m. members of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service observed a 2000 Pontiac van speed carelessly past their marked police
vehicles. When they stopped the vehicle they observed several cardboard boxes
containing cigarettes covered by a blanket inside the van. Members of the
RCMP's Cornwall Detachment attended and seized 200,000 cigarettes worth an
estimated $22,000 contained in 1,000 resealable bags. The cigarettes are
believed to have been manufactured in the United States. The van, worth an
estimated $3,425 was also seized. The driver is scheduled to appear in
Cornwall court on September 22nd, 2008, and faces additional charges from the
Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for careless driving and failing to surrender
his driver's licence.
    "There continues to be careless and dangerous driving on our roadways,
and that is a concern to us", said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP's Cornwall
Detachment. "Public safety remains the primary focus of all law enforcement

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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