RCMP/CBSA Joint Investigation Leads to the Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes

    CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - A 37 year old female resident of Akwesasne,
Quebec 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 and the Canada Border
Services Agency.
    On October 28th, 2008, officers observed a 1999 Chevrolet Impala travel
from Akwesasne, Ontario. The vehicle was followed on an unusual route
throughout Cornwall and was eventually stopped by the RCMP officers on Highway
401 eastbound in Cornwall, Ontario. The RCMP officers searched the vehicle and
seized 1,269 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 253,800
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 Cornwall court on December 8th, 2008. The RCMP also seized the vehicle.
    "The RCMP develops, supports and employs innovative law enforcement
models, such as Program ACCESS, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Joint Investigative
Team and SHIPRIDER, to target and disrupt smuggling and distribution networks,
said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The RCMP also conducts coordinated
surge enforcement operations in high-risk locations to disrupt the contraband
tobacco supply chain. Resources are temporarily deployed from other regions of
Canada to support these short-term operations".

For further information:

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

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