Cornwall RCMP Detachment Seize 258,400 Contraband Cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - A 23 year old male resident of Cornwall,
Ontario faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not properly
stamped under the Excise Act 2001 following an investigation by the Cornwall
RCMP Detachment.
    On October 2nd, 2008, at 6:37 p.m., officers observed a 2001 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo travel from Akwesasne, Ontario that was subsequently stopped on
Queen Street in Cornwall, Ontario. RCMP officers observed several resealable
bags of contraband cigarettes on the rear seat of the vehicle. Officers seized
1,292 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 258,400
cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and
smuggled into Canada. The vehicle was also seized. The driver and registered
owner of the vehicle was arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court
on November 10th, 2008.
    "The sale of contraband tobacco products does not represent any medium or
long-term benefit for anyone except the individuals making profits", said Sgt.
Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "There are negative health, economic and public
safety consequences for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities".

For further information:

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

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