Akwesasne Mohawk police service vehicle stop leads to RCMP seizure of 250,000 cigarettes

    AKWESASNE, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - A 19 year old Akwesasne, New York man and
a 22 year old Hogansburg, New York woman are facing charges under the Excise
Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped following a
vehicle stop by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.
    On September 22nd, 2008, at 8:40 p.m., officers observed a 2001 Ford
Windstar travelling in Akwesasne, Ontario and appeared to be unsafe. The
officer stopped the vehicle on Seventh Street in Cornwall, Ontario and when he
approached the driver, he observed cardboard boxes of cigarettes. Members of
the RCMP's Cornwall Detachment attended to assist and seized 1,000 resealable
bags of cigarettes, 250 cartons of Putter's Light brand cigarettes as well as
the van. This seizure represent a total of 250,000 cigarettes which are
believed to have been manufactured in the United States. Both were released
and are scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on November 10th, 2008.
    "At times, many vehicles that carry a heavy load are unsafe to be
travelling on our roadways," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP's Cornwall
Detachment. "Law enforcement agencies continue to work together to ensure that
our roadways remain safe."

For further information:

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

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