Joint Investigative Team vehicle stop leads to RCMP seizure of 250,000 cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - A 30 year old Cornwall, Ontario man faces
charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped following a vehicle stop conducted by the Akwesasne Mohawk
Police Service Joint Investigative Team.
    On September 22nd, 2008, at 1:38 p.m., officers observed a 2004 Ford
Freestar travelling in an unsafe manner in Akwesasne, Ontario. Officers
observed seat head rests sitting on top of cardboard boxes. The driver
continued to a commercial parking lot located on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall,
Ontario and the RCMP Detachment was contacted. Cornwall RCMP officers assisted
in stopping the van and seized 1,250 resealable bags of cigarettes which
represent a total of 250,000 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in
the United States. The van was also seized. The driver was arrested and later
released and is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on October 31st, 2008.
    "The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Joint Investigative Team works with
the RCMP and other law enforcement partners to address cross border smuggling
of contraband, including tobacco," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP's
Cornwall Detachment. "This integrated enforcement partnership currently has
officers from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service and RCMP working together
from the same office on a daily basis."

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP Cornwall Detachment,
Office: (613) 937-2831; or Acting Chief of Police Steve Lazore, Akwesasne
Mohawk Police Service, (613) 575-2340

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