Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Vehicle Stop Leads to the RCMP Seizure of 300,000 Cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - A 39 year old Cornwall, Ontario man faces a
charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped following a vehicle stop by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police
    On October 3rd, 2008, at 7:15 a.m., officers stopped a 1999 GMC Sierra
pick-up truck travelling in Akwesasne, Ontario which failed to stop properly
at an intersection. Officers stopped the truck on Seventh Street West in
Cornwall and detected a strong odour of tobacco coming from the truck. Members
of the RCMP's Cornwall Detachment attended to assist and seized 1,500 bags of
cigarettes which represents a total of 300,000 cigarettes that are believed to
have been manufactured in the United States.
    The truck was also seized. The driver was arrested and later released to
appear at the Cornwall court on November 6th, 2008. He was also issued tickets
by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police for incorrect information on his driver's
licence and failing to complete a proper stop.
    "Our primary concern is public safety," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the
RCMP. "We will continue to ensure that our communities remain safe from those
who disobey the rules of the road."

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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