Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Vehicle Stops lead to the RCMP Seizure of Cigarettes and Fine Cut Tobacco

    AKWESASNE, ON, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - A 29 year old Cornwall, Ontario male 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
Service and the RCMP investigate another tobacco seizure where the driver fled
on foot.
    On October 15th, 2008, an officer observed a 1998 GMC Cargo van that had
an expired licence plate. The officer stopped the van in a commercial parking
lot in Akwesasne, Ontario. When the officer spoke to the driver, he observed
cigarettes inside the van. Cornwall RCMP members were contacted to assist and
they seized 2,101 resealable bags of cigarettes believed to have been
manufactured in the United States. This represents a total of 420,200
cigarettes. Officers also seized the vehicle. The driver was arrested and
later released to appear at the Cornwall court on November 20th, 2008. The
driver was also issued tickets for Highway Traffic Act offences by the
Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for using a licence plate not authorized for
the vehicle, driving a motor vehicle without a permit, driver failing to
surrender a licence, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, driving a
motor vehicle in contravention of conditions and using a defaced validation
    On October 19th, 2008, an officer observed a 1998 Pontiac Transport van
travel from Akwesasne, Ontario towards Cornwall. When the driver of the van
observed the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service officer, the driver turned around
to travel in the opposite direction and ended up taking the van into a ditch
on Seymour Street in Akwesasne, Ontario. The driver then fled on foot.
Officers from the Cornwall RCMP detachment were contacted to assist and they
seized 19 garbage bags containing a total of 386.2 kilograms of fine cut
tobacco that was located inside the van. The van was also seized. The
investigation continues and the driver was not located.
    "Police presence within our communities often prevents the continuation
of criminal activity," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "There is a
wealth of intelligence gathered from abandoned vehicles which police agencies
use to tie a particular seizure to a particular organization to assist other
active investigations."

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP Cornwall Detachment,
Office: (613) 937-2831; or Detective Sgt. Jerry Swamp, Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service, (613) 575-2340

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