Illegal East Indian tobacco seized in GTA

    BOWMANVILLE, ON, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, February 17th, 2009, a male
was arrested as a result of a joint investigation by the Canada Border
Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Custom and Excise Unit
of the Greater Toronto Area.
    In the late evening of February 17th, 2009, one male was arrested for
possession of unlawfully packed and stamped tobacco in the Mississauga area.
At the time of arrest, the individual had in his vehicle one case of illegal
East Indian tobacco, the vehicle he was operating was also seized. As a result
of an investigation, search warrants were executed on two storage facilities
in which an additional 68 cases of the same East Indian tobacco products were
    The individual was subsequently released and will appear in Provincial
Court at a later date.
    Law enforcement agencies working together gain more leverage against the
criminal organizations who are involved in the illicit tobacco trade. One of
the main reasons we are seeing more seizures is because law enforcement within
Canada are partnering more. We have better integrated intelligence and more
integrated operations.
    RCMP Inspector Greg Johnson, the Officer in charge of the GTA Customs and
Excise Unit stated that, "The RCMP is committed to working internally as well
as with its partners and stakeholders to ensure that every effort is made to
enhance public safety and economic integrity across Canada."
    A picture of the items seizure is available by e-mail request.

For further information:

For further information: Sgt Marc LaPorte, RCMP "O" Division, Media
Relations Officer, Office: (519) 640-7302, Cell: (416) 992-4409, E-mail: or Sgt. Andre Bagi, Toronto East RCMP Detachment,
Customs and Excise Unit, Office: (905) 697-6000 ext 266, or Patrizia Giolti,
Manager, Communications, Canada Border Services Agency, Office: (905)

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