RCMP seizes boat with 350,000 contraband cigarettes

    AKWESASNE, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - On September 30th, 2008, the Cornwall RCMP
Detachment seized 1,750 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which
represents 350,000 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United
States and smuggled into Canada.
    At 9:58 p.m., officers deployed in a marine vessel observed three
unidentified males transferring cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes from
a 20 foot Patriot MP boat into a pick-up truck located on the south shore of
Cornwall Island in Akwesasne, Ontario. When officers approached, the three
males jumped into the truck and fled the scene. The men were not located. RCMP
officers seized 1,750 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as a 20
foot Patriot MP boat with a Mercury Pro XS 250 horse power engine. The
investigation continues.
    "The demand for cheaper tobacco products is evident by the increased
number of locations where illegal tobacco products can be purchased" said Sgt.
Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "We are seeing the product sold from smoke shacks
and shops, independent distributors and home delivery".

For further information:

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

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