Cornwall Community Police Service Highway Traffic Act Investigation leads to seizure of 200,000 Contraband Cigarettes by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment

    CORNWALL, ON, June 13 /CNW/ - On June 3rd, 2008, at 11:42 p.m., an
officer from the Cornwall Community Police Service observed a 2000 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo fail to stop at an intersection in Cornwall, Ontario and the
driver continue to travel at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the
vehicle when he observed it stop at a residence on Bedford Street in Cornwall.
He then observed the driver enter an apartment complex. The officer approached
the vehicle and noticed a strong odour of tobacco and could observe
re-sealable bags of contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle. Officers
searched for the male driver but could not locate him. Officers from the
Cornwall RCMP detachment attended the scene and seized 1,000 re-sealable bags
of contraband cigarettes. This represents 200,000 cigarettes worth $22,000
which are believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled
into Canada. The RCMP also seized the vehicle valued at $3,700. The
investigation continues.
    "Contraband tobacco is cheap and easily accessible to youth" states Sgt.
Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The illicit product is reaching all corners of
Canada and organized crime is using that money to fund additional criminal
enterprise, such as drug trafficking"

For further information:

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

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