CBSA, RCMP and OPP Operation Leads to the Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - A 36 year old male resident from
Cornwall, Ontario is facing a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession
of a tobacco product not properly stamped after he was found to be
transporting contraband cigarettes.
    On January 6th, 2009, officers from the Canada Border Services Agency and
the Cornwall RCMP Detachment followed a 2004 Pontiac Montana van from
Akwesasne, Ontario. The OPP stopped the van on Highway 401 eastbound in South
Glengarry, Ontario. Officers observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes
inside the van. The RCMP officers arrested the driver and seized the van along
with 2,200 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. The driver was released
to appear at the Alexandria court on March 4th, 2009.
    "The RCMP is focused on the organized crime groups that are taking
advantage of the geographic location of some communities", said Sgt. Michael
Harvey of the RCMP. "A portion of the illegal manufacturing, which is the
source of contraband tobacco in Canada today, comes from the United States,
outside of our jurisdiction. We are working with our partners in the United
States to address the problem."

For further information:

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

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