Four vehicles seized carrying 111 cases of contraband cigarettes

    PRESCOTT, ON, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, January 27th , 2009, law
enforcement agencies from across Eastern Ontario intercepted four vehicles
found to be smuggling contraband cigarettes. This was a joint operation which
took place on Highway 401, west of Prescott, Ontario with significant roles by
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Kingston Customs and Excise Section.
    Police seized three pickup trucks, collectively carrying approximately 81
cases of contraband tobacco product, plus a van loaded with an additional 30
cases of contraband tobacco product.
    Generally, each case contains approximately 50 cartons of cigarettes or
50 individual bags with 200 cigarettes each.
    Three males from Eastern Ontario and a fourth male from Gatineau, Quebec
were arrested at the scene and charges are pending.
    The RCMP and their partner agencies continue to notice an increase in the
distribution of contraband cigarettes throughout this area.
    "Contraband cigarettes should be a concern for all Canadians," stated
Sgt. Dan Somers of the Kingston RCMP Customs and Excise Section, "Contraband
cigarettes do not have the same regulations and controls that legitimate
cigarettes have in place, making it easier for these products to fall into the
hands of young people".

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Dan Somers, Kingston Detachment/Customs &
Excise Section, (613) 384-7201 ext. 245; Contact: Sgt. Marc LaPorte, "O"
Division Media Relations Coordinator, (519) 640-7302; Contact: Joel (JD)
Doiron A/Sgt, Community Services Coordinator, Eastern Region Headquarters,
(613) 284-4500, (613) 329-0714 (cell),

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