O.P.P. vehicle stop leads to RCMP seizure of 190,000 cigarettes

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - A 34 year old Cornwall, Ontario man
is facing charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco
product not properly stamped following a vehicle stop on Highway 401 eastbound
in South Glengarry, Ontario.
    On August 14th, 2008, at 8:30 a.m., an officer from the Ontario
Provincial Police stopped a 2002 Pontiac Grand AM and during the interaction
with the driver the officer observed resealable bags of contraband cigarettes
inside the vehicle. Officers from the RCMP assisted and seized 950 resealable
bags of contraband cigarettes representing 190,000 cigarettes worth an
estimated value of $20,900. The cigarettes are believed to have been
manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The vehicle, worth
an estimated $7,000, was also seized. The driver is scheduled to appear at the
Alexandria court on October 8th, 2008, and faces an additional charge from the
O.P.P. for failing to produce valid insurance.
    "If tobacco is in a bag such as a resealable bag, it is illegal to
purchase" said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "All cigarettes must be
purchased in a package with official health warnings, proper stamping and all
applicable taxes paid."

For further information:

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

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