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

    AKWESASNE, ON, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - On September 4th, 2008 at 8:32 p.m., an
officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service followed a 1999 Dodge Caravan
that was speeding on Island Road in Akwesasne, Ontario. While being followed,
the officer observed the van travel off the road in an attempt to evade the
police. When the van tried to get back onto the road, it collided with the
police vehicle. The driver of the van was then observed exiting his vehicle
and was immediately picked up by an unidentified individual driving an All
Terrain Vehicle and flee the scene.
    Fortunately, the officer was not injured in the collision. Upon
approaching the van, the officer observed several cardboard boxes of
cigarettes inside and contacted the Cornwall RCMP Detachment for assistance
and RCMP officers attended the scene. The driver was not located and the
investigation continues. The RCMP seized a total of 1,500 resealable bags of
cigarettes which represents 300,000 cigarettes estimated to be worth $33,000.
It is believed that the cigarettes were manufactured in the United States. The
1999 Dodge Caravan, estimated to be worth $3,075, was also seized.
    "We encourage motorists and the public to watch out for those who try to
avoid police on our roadways as it has become dangerous" said Sgt. Michael
Harvey of the RCMP. "These types of situations are on the rise and we will
continue to work together to ensure that our community members are safe."

For further information:

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

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