Cornwall Resident Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco

    CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - A 23 year old female driver from Cornwall,
Ontario faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not properly
stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 following a RIDE program
verification by the Ontario Provincial Police in Cornwall, Ontario.
    On February 9th, 2009, OPP officers stopped a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica
during a RIDE program in Cornwall, Ontario when officers observed contraband
cigarettes inside the vehicle. RCMP officers from the Cornwall Detachment were
contacted to assist. RCMP officers arrested the driver and seized 1,000
resealable bags of Discount Full Flavor brand cigarettes as well as the
vehicle. The driver will appear at the Cornwall court on March 26th, 2009.
    "There are Canadians who believe that illicit tobacco production,
distribution, sale or end-use is a victimless crime, meaning that no one is
directly impacted by the illicit activities", said Sgt. Michael Harvey from
the RCMP. "The only negative impact is felt by the government, and "sticking
it to the tax man" is a viable rationale for participating in contraband
tobacco activities. In fact, every community is affected by organized crime
and the illicit criminal activity they are involved with."

For further information:

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

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