Cornwall RCMP Detachment seize 430,000 contraband cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - On September 29th, 2008, the Cornwall RCMP
Detachment seized 2,150 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which
represents 430,000 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United
States and smuggled into Canada.
    The first seizure occurred at 1:53 p.m., when officers deployed in a
marine vessel observed a male throwing cardboard boxes of contraband
cigarettes into the St. Lawrence River from a boat located on the south side
of Cornwall Island in Akwesasne, Ontario. When officers approached, the male
fled on foot and could not be located. RCMP officers seized 750 resealable
bags of contraband cigarettes as well as a Suncruiser boat with a Johnson 175
horse power engine. The investigation continues.
    The second seizure occurred at 7:38 p.m., when officers observed a 1999
Pontiac Montana van travelling from Akwesasne, Ontario towards Cornwall.
Officers observed the van travel at a high rate of speed and the driver
stopped on Headline Road in South Stormont, Ontario where he fled on foot. The
driver was not located. RCMP officers seized 1,400 resealable bags of
contraband cigarettes as well as the van. This investigation also continues.
    "Currently, the largest proportion of contraband tobacco seized by the
RCMP originates from illicit manufacturers on the United States side of the
Akwesasne Mohawk Territory," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The
Cornwall/Valleyfield area is the hub of extensive smuggling activities between
ports of entry. While some of these products may be legitimately produced in
the United States, they presently do not meet the proper importing
requirements or comply with all applicable Canadian legislation in order to be
sold on the domestic market."

For further information:

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

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