Akwesasne Resident Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, April 21 /CNW/ - A 27 year old female resident from
Akwesasne, Ontario faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 when she was observed
driving erratically on Highway 401 eastbound.
    On April 18th, 2009, an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police
stopped a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu on Highway 401 eastbound. The officer
approached the driver and observed clear resealable bags of contraband
cigarettes inside the vehicle. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were
contacted to assist. The RCMP officers seized 1,000 resealable bags of
contraband cigarettes believed to have been smuggled into Canada from the
United States. They also seized the vehicle. The driver was arrested and will
appear at the Alexandria court on June 3rd, 2009. The OPP officer also issued
the driver a Highway Traffic Act offence ticket for driving a motor vehicle
with no drivers licence.
    "Often people transporting the heavy load of illicit tobacco products on
our roadways drive poorly due to the weight of the load", said Sgt. Michael
Harvey from the RCMP. "This is not just a tobacco problem, it really is a
public safety issue."

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP Cornwall Detachment,
(613) 937-2831

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