Richmond Hill Resident Arrested for Possession of Contraband Cigarettes

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - A 27 year old male driver from
Richmond Hill, Ontario faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 following a vehicle
stop by the Ontario Provincial Police on Highway 401 eastbound in South
Glengarry, Ontario.
    On February 6th, 2009, OPP officers stopped a 1999 Chrysler Intrepid on
Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario as the licence plates on the
vehicle were registered to a different vehicle. OPP officers observed
cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes and contacted RCMP officers from the
Cornwall Detachment to assist. The RCMP arrested the driver and seized 1,200
resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the vehicle. The driver
will appear at the Alexandria court on March 4th, 2009. The driver was also
issued a Highway Traffic Act ticket from the OPP for misusing licence plates.
    "There is no limit to who the organized crime groups are hiring to move
the contraband tobacco products from the Cornwall region to smoke shacks
located in other aboriginal communities", said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the
RCMP. "In this case the driver who is from Richmond Hill had directions in his
possession to deliver this load of contraband cigarettes to smoke shacks
located on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec."

For further information:

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

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