Over 900 Cases of Contraband Cigarettes Seized

    KINGSTON, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - The Kingston Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(RCMP) Customs and Excise Section in conjunction with the Cornwall Canada
Border Security Agency (CBSA) seized over 900 cases of contraband cigarettes
after a brief investigation commencing in the Cornwall area. The cigarettes
are valued in excess of $1,000,000.00
    With the assistance of the Prescott Ontario Provincial Police, a tractor
trailer was stopped while westbound on Highway 401 near the junction of
Highway 416. A 47 year old Cornwall resident was arrested and will appear at a
later date in Brockville Provincial Court charged under Section 32 (1) of the
Excise Act.
    The tractor trailer was also seized as a conveyance pursuant to the
Excise Act. It is valued at approximately $30,000.
    Under the Excise Act, the accused faces a minimum fine of $1,526,250.00.
The fines imposed under the Excise Act and the Tobacco Tax Act are a
significant deterrent for individuals who are found guilty of unlawfully
possessing or selling contraband tobacco.
    This is the fifth seizure made by the Kingston RCMP Customs and Excise
Section this year. Total seizures made by the unit in 2007 are valued in
excess of $2,250,000.00.

For further information:

For further information: Cpl. Nancy Mason, Kingston Proceeds of Crime
Section, Kingston Media Relations Co-ord., (613) 561-4090

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