Highway Traffic Act Investigation by the Cornwall Community Police Service leads to the seizure of over 2,700 Kilograms of Fine Cut Tobacco by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - On June 24th, 2008, at 1:30 a.m.,
officers from the Cornwall Community Police Service stopped a 2005 Ford F-250
pick-up truck hauling a 2006 Haulmark utility trailer on Highway 401 eastbound
near the Summerstown Road exit in South Glengarry, Ontario. Their
investigation revealed that the pick-up truck was leased from a leasing
company located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was displaying licence plates that
belonged to a different vehicle. The trailer was found to be registered to a
resident of Kahnawake, Quebec. When the officers inspected the trailer they
found it to contain large boxes of fine cut tobacco. Officers from the
Cornwall RCMP detachment attended the scene and seized 24 cardboard boxes each
containing clear bags of fine cut tobacco. The total weight of the tobacco
seized was over 2,700 kilograms valued at $249,241.50. It is believed that
this tobacco originated from the United States and was smuggled in Canada.
    The driver, a 46 year old male resident of Bellamy Street in Cornwall,
Ontario was arrested and will be charged by the RCMP for possession of a
tobacco product not properly stamped according to the Excise Act 2001. He was
released and will appear at the Alexandria court on August 13th, 2008. The
truck valued at $15,575 and the trailer valued $7,000 were also seized by the
RCMP. The driver also received Highway Traffic Act offence tickets from the
Cornwall Community Police Service for failing to have an insurance card, using
a licence plate not authorized for the vehicle, failing to surrender a permit
for a vehicle and draw trailer with no permit.
    "The RCMP is an intelligence-led organization that works with its
partners to leverage resources in the protection of Canada and Canadians from
both internal and external threats" states Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP.
"We not only target contraband tobacco, but also bring to bear all our assets
in addressing cross-border criminality to ensure safe homes and communities."

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, Cornwall RCMP Detachment,
(613) 937-2831; Sgt. R. Burnie, Cornwall Community Police Service, (613)
933-5000 ext. 2414

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