OPP Vehicle Stop Leads to RCMP Seizure of 200,000 Contraband Cigarettes

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - A 20 year old female resident of
Akwesasne, Quebec faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped under the Excise Act 2001 after the Ontario Provincial Police
stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Impala on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry,
Ontario. This vehicle stop resulted in the RCMP making a seizure of 1,000
resealable bags of contraband cigarettes representing 200,000 cigarettes that
are believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into
    On October 1st, 2008 at 4:41 p.m., an OPP officer stopped the vehicle
which was in contravention of the Highway Traffic Act. The officer approached
the vehicle and observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes in the rear
seat. RCMP officers from the Cornwall Detachment were contacted to assist
which resulted in the seizure of 1,000 resealable bags of contraband
cigarettes as well as the Chevrolet Impala. The driver was arrested and later
released to appear at the Alexandria court on November 5th, 2008. She was also
issued several tickets by the OPP for not having the proper permits for the
vehicle and driving with no licence.
    "Public safety and security is our fundamental priority" said Sgt.
Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The contraband tobacco trade is without a doubt
lucrative, especially to heads of the criminal organizations involved, who
sometimes use their profits to fund additional illegal activity such as drug
trafficking and firearms smuggling. That concerns us. It has a negative impact
on our communities, undermines the legitimate market and our governments lose

For further information:

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

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