Previously Deported Resident From the United States Charged for Possession of Contraband Cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Warren Thomas Allen, a 35 year old resident
from Rooseveltown, New York was charged for possession of a tobacco product
not properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 after officers
from the OPP stopped the vehicle he was driving while conducting the RIDE
program and observed resealable bags of contraband cigarettes inside the
    On January 31st, 2009, a 2000 Ford Expedition approached officers from
the OPP who were conducting a RIDE program in Cornwall, Ontario. The officers
observed many resealable bags of contraband cigarettes in the vehicle and
officers from the Cornwall RCMP were contacted to assist. RCMP officers
arrested 35 year old Warren Thomas Allen, seized 1,230 resealable bags of
contraband cigarettes as well as the vehicle he was driving. Further
investigation revealed that Warren Allen was a previously deported person and
that he avoided Canada Border Services Agency inspection by using the ice
bridge on the St. Lawrence River to enter Canada illegally. He has been
charged by RCMP for the possession of unstamped tobacco and by Canada Border
Services Agency under their legislation. Warren Allen was held in custody and
will appear at the Cornwall court on February 9th, 2009.
    "Criminal organizations take advantage of the geography of the Cornwall
region in order to move illicit tobacco products into Canada without
detection", said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "It is common in the
winter months that these organizations will move many illicit commodities
north and south between the Canada-United States Border by travelling on the
ice bridges that form on the St. Lawrence River."

For further information:

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

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