OPP vehicle stops lead to three Cornwall residents arrested for possession contraband cigarettes

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Three Cornwall residents were
arrested for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under the
Excise Act 2001 after the Ontario Provincial Police stopped two vehicles on
Highway 401 eastbound near the Summerstown exit in South Glengarry, Ontario.
This resulted in the RCMP seizure of 1,818 resealble bags of contraband
cigarettes representing 363,600 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured
in the United States and smuggled into Canada.
    The first stop occurred on September 30th, 2008 at 8:30 a.m., when OPP
officers stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Impala for committing infractions under the
Highway Traffic Act. The officers approached the vehicle and observed
cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes in the rear seat. RCMP officers from
the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist. The RCMP seized 968
resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the Chevrolet Impala. The
40 year old female driver was arrested for this incident and the investigation
continues. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant with regards to a
similar charge as well as for failing to appear in court for a Kingston RCMP
investigation. She was held in custody and transported to the Brockville court
for a Bail Hearing.
    The second stop occurred later the same day at 2:45 p.m. when OPP
officers stopped a 1997 Oldsmobile LSS for an infraction under the Highway
Traffic Act. When the officers approached the driver, they observed clear
resealable bags of contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle. Cornwall RCMP
members were contacted to assist. RCMP officers seized 850 resealable bags of
contraband cigarettes as well as the Oldsmobile. The 21 year old female driver
and registered owner of the vehicle as well as the 22 year old female
passenger were both arrested by the RCMP and were later released to appear at
the Alexandria court on November 5th, 2008. The driver was also issued a
ticket by the OPP for being a prohibited driver.
    "The largest impact on Canadians, including Aboriginal communities, is
the prevalence and ongoing involvement of organized crime in the contraband
tobacco market," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "Organized crime
affects Canadians' basic rights to peace and order which erodes the respect
for the law. This minimizes the serious consequences of this type of criminal

For further information:

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

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