Law enforcement cooperation leads to $2,000,000.00 contraband cigarette seizure by the Kingston RCMP Detachment

    KINGSTON, ON, June 27 /CNW/ - In the early morning hours of June 27, 2008
officers from the Kingston and Cornwall Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP),
Prescott and Brockville OPP and Cornwall Canadian Boarder Service Agency
(CBSA) stopped a tractor trailer 401 West bound west of Highway 29 in
Brockville, Ontario. The vehicle was being followed by police for suspicious
activities surrounding both the vehicle and the driver.
    The RCMP estimate the seizure to be approximately 1700 cases of
re-sealable bags of cigarettes that are believed to be manufactured in the
United States. This represents a cigarettes seizure valued at approximately
$1,870,000. Under the Excise Act the driver faces a minimum fine of
$2,805,000. Police believe that these cigarettes were destined to be sold
illegally on the black market.
    The driver, a 43 year old male from the Greater Toronto Area 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 Brockville Court at a later date.
    The RCMP also seized a tractor and trailer with an estimated value of
over $50,000.00. The vehicle is registered to a trucking company in the
Cornwall, Ontario area.
    Further charges by the Brockville OPP are also anticipated under both the
Criminal Code for impaired driving and under the Highway Traffic Act.
    The investigations continues.
    "Public safety and security is our main priority" states Sgt. Dan Somers
of the Kingston RCMP Customs and Excise Section.

For further information:

For further information: Kingston RCMP Detachment, Sgt. Dan Somers,
Office: (613) 384-7201 x 245, cell: (613) 561-2041; Brockville OPP, Cst Sandra
Barr, (613) 345-1790; Canadian Border Service Agency, Communications Manager,
Chris Keeley, (613) 991-5197

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