RCMP/CBSA/O.P.P. Joint Operation leads to the seizure of Fine Cut Tobacco and Bottles of Alcohol

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - A joint operation involving the
Cornwall and Kingston RCMP Detachments, Canada Border Services Agency, and the
Ontario Provincial Police resulted in the seizure of contraband fine cut
tobacco and bottles of alcohol.
    On October 3rd, 2008, officers observed two vehicles depart Akwesasne,
Ontario. These vehicles were subsequently stopped by the O.P.P. on Highway 401
eastbound near Lancaster, Ontario. RCMP officers seized 199.5 kilograms of
fine cut tobacco found in 8 garbage bags believed to have been manufactured in
the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver, a 27 year old male
resident of Hogansburg, New York, and his passenger, a youth who cannot be
identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, were questioned and released.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 24 year old resident of Akwesasne, Ontario
was also questioned
    In a second incident, officers observed another vehicle depart Akwesasne,
Ontario, eastbound on Highway 401. It was subsequently stopped by officers
from the O.P.P. near Lancaster, Ontario. The vehicle was searched and RCMP
officers seized sixty-six bottles of contraband Rikaloff Vodka, forty-two
bottles of contraband Canadian Leaf Whiskey and thirty-six bottles of
contraband Port Royal West Indies Rhum. It is believed that this alcohol was
manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver, a 34
year old female resident of Ottawa, Ontario and her passenger, a 36 year old
female resident of Akwesasne, Ontario were questioned and released.
    "Recognizing the multi-jurisdictional nature of tobacco control, the RCMP
works with a variety of partners at all levels of government, domestically and
internationally, in developing strategies to address the illicit tobacco
market," said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "The seizure of alcohol
smuggled into Canada from the United States is more common close to the
holiday season due to the public demand."

For further information:

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

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