RCMP, CBSA and OPP Joint Investigation Leads to the Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - A 48 year old female resident of
Cornwall, Ontario faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a
tobacco product not properly stamped after she was arrested during a joint
investigation involving the Cornwall RCMP Detachment, Canada Border Services
Agency and the Ontario Provincial Police.
    On October 27th, 2008, officers observed a 2000 Chrysler Concorde travel
from Akwesasne, Ontario. The vehicle was followed to County Road 18 in South
Glengarry, Ontario where it was stopped with the assistance of the OPP. The
Cornwall RCMP officers, who were on the scene, searched the vehicle and seized
1,000 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 200,000
cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and
smuggled into Canada. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at
the Alexandria court on December 3rd, 2008. The RCMP also seized the vehicle.
    "In partnership with clients, partners, and the community, the RCMP
enforces laws, within Canada and along the uncontrolled border, that govern
the international movement of goods; the illicit manufacture, distribution or
possession of contraband products including tobacco and spirits; the illicit
trafficking of critical high technology and strategic goods; and regulations
that impose non-tariff controls on the international movement of commodities",
said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP.

For further information:

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

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