Five People Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco

    CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Between January 19th, 2009 and January
22nd, 2009, the Cornwall RCMP Detachment arrested five people for possession
of contraband tobacco after assisting officers from the Canada Border Services
Agency and the Ontario Provincial Police.
    The interception of four vehicles by the RCMP and our partner law
enforcement agencies resulted in significant seizures in the following

    2 vehicles in Cornwall, Ontario
    1 vehicle in South Glengarry, Ontario
    1 vehicle in South Dundas, Ontario

    These interceptions permitted the arrest of five individuals (2 from
Cornwall, Ontario, 1 from St. Andrews, Ontario, 1 from Garden Village,
Ontario, 1 from North Bay, Ontario) who will be facing charges of possession
of a tobacco product not properly stamped according to the Excise Act 2001.

    Items Seized:

    -  4 vehicles
    -  4,300 assorted resealable bags (cartons)
    -  300 cartons of Canadian Lights brand cigarettes
    -  200 cartons of Canadian Ultra-Lights brand cigarettes
    -  200 cartons of Putter's brand cigarettes
    -  100 cartons of DK's brand cigarettes

    "In 2008, the RCMP seized a total of 368,736 cartons/resealable bags of
contraband cigarettes and 29,606.77 kilograms of fine cut tobacco between
Cardinal, Ontario to Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of
the RCMP. "In 2007, the RCMP in the same area seized 251,849
cartons/resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. We continue to make more
seizures as a result of the integrated policing operations and sharing of
criminal intelligence on both sides of the Canada-United States border."

For further information:

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

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