CBSA and RCMP joint investigation leads to the seizure of 2,560.34 kilograms of fine cut tobacco

    SOUTH STORMONT, ON, July 10 /CNW/ - A 62 year old female resident of
St. Andrews West, Ontario and an 18 year old male resident of Sudbury, Ontario
are facing charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco
product not properly stamped, after a search warrant was executed at a
St. Andrews West residence on July 9th, 2008 in the early morning hours.
Officers from the Canada Border Services Agency, working with officers from
the Cornwall RCMP Detachment, concluded a joint investigation where it is
believed that fine cut tobacco was smuggled into Canada from the United States
and stored at a property just north of Cornwall, Ontario. RCMP officers
located and seized 108 garbage bags containing a total of 2,560.34 kilograms
of fine cut tobacco that was found in a Quonset hut and a 1999 Ford E350 van.
The tobacco is worth an estimated $230,430. The 1999 Ford E350 van as well as
a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, both worth an estimated $12,850, was
also seized. Both individuals were released and will appear at the Cornwall
court on September 8th, 2008.
    "The Canada Border Services Agency is a permanent and active partner in
our border integrity efforts", said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the Cornwall RCMP
Detachment. "We work together on intelligence-led operations targeting
organized crime groups who take advantage of the geography of our region to
smuggle illicit tobacco from the United States for illegal sale in Canada".

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP Cornwall Detachment,
(613) 937-2831; Chris Kealey, Communications, Canada Border Services Agency,
(613) 991-5197

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