O.P.P. locate abandoned vehicle which leads to RCMP seizure of 188,400 cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - An officer from the Ontario Provincial
Police located an abandoned vehicle in the median off Highway 401 in Cornwall,
Ontario that contained 188,400 contraband cigarettes after a witness contacted
the Ontario Provincial Police advising that the vehicle was speeding and lost
control. On August 8th, 2008 at 10:27 p.m., a witness observed a 1998 Pontiac
Grand AM driving at approximately 150 kilometres per hour eastbound on Highway
401 in Cornwall, Ontario. The witness observed the vehicle using the shoulder
of the highway to pass other vehicles and then observed the vehicle lose
control ending up in the median. The driver was then observed to get out of
the vehicle and flee the scene on foot toward the city of Cornwall. The
Ontario Provincial Police located the vehicle and with assistance of the K-9
Unit were unable to locate the driver. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP
Detachment were contacted to assist and the RCMP officers seized 942
re-sealable bags of contraband cigarettes worth an estimated $20,724. It is
believed that the cigarettes were manufactured in the United States and
smuggled into Canada. The 1998 Pontiac Grand AM worth an estimated $3,475 was
also seized. The investigation continues.
    "Public Safety and security is our fundamental priority" said Sgt.
Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The illicit/contraband tobacco market is without
a doubt lucrative, especially to heads of criminal organizations involved, who
sometimes use their profits to fund additional illegal activity such as drug
trafficking and firearms smuggling."

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michael Harvey, RCMP Cornwall Detachment,
(613) 937-2831

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