Cornwall Resident Arrested for Possession of Contraband Cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - A 41 year old male resident from Cornwall,
Ontario faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco
product not properly stamped after the vehicle he was driving was stopped by
officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment.
    On January 19th, 2009, officers from the Canada Border Services Agency
working with officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment followed a 2003 GMC
Cargo Van from Akwesasne, Ontario. The vehicle was stopped at the corner of
Cumberland and Fifteenth Street in Cornwall, Ontario. RCMP officers seized
4,500 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the van and arrested
the driver. The driver was released with conditions to appear at the Cornwall
court on February 24th, 2009.
    "Tobacco control involves a variety of health, enforcement and tax
authorities spread among several departments and agencies at different levels
of government, as well as external stakeholders," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of
the RCMP. "This includes the Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Border Services
Agency, Provincial enforcement, Health Canada, Finance Canada, Public
Prosecution Services of Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Department
of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Non-Government Organizations,
Legitimate Tobacco Industry, Aboriginal leaders and communities, United States
Law Enforcement partners and Academia."

For further information:

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

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