RCMP/CBSA Joint Operation Leads to the Seizure of Fine Cut Tobacco

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - A 24 year old female resident of
Akwesasne, 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
operation involving the Cornwall and Kingston RCMP Detachments and the Canada
Border Services Agency.
    On October 4th, 2008, officers observed a vehicle depart Akwesasne,
Ontario. This vehicle was stopped by the RCMP on County Road 18 near Apple
Hill, Ontario. Cornwall RCMP officers searched the vehicle and seized 584.6
kilograms of fine cut tobacco found in 45 garbage bags 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 House on
November 5th, 2008. The RCMP also seized the vehicle.
    "We believe that fine cut tobacco is being smuggled into Canada to supply
illegal tobacco manufacturers who produce cigarettes or pouches of tobacco for
sale primarily at smoke shacks located within Aboriginal communities", said
Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "Organized crime is often involved in the
illegal tobacco trade and as a result, public safety is undermined".

For further information:

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

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