Speeding Vehicle Stopped Loaded With Contraband Cigarettes

    NORTH STORMONT, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - A 19 year old male resident from
Cornwall, Ontario faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not
properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001.
    On April 1st, 2009, an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police
observed a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu speeding on Highway 138 northbound in North
Stormont, Ontario. The officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of
Highway 138 and County Road 22. The officer approached the driver and observed
several clear plastic bags containing cigarettes inside the vehicle. RCMP
officers from the Cornwall Detachment were contacted to assist. RCMP officers
seized 1,000 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which are believed to
have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The RCMP
also seized the vehicle. The driver was arrested and will appear at the
Cornwall court on May 5th, 2009. He was also issued Highway Traffic Act
tickets from the OPP officer for speeding and driving a motor vehicle while
under suspension.
    "Youth are being lured into contraband tobacco activities by the appeal
of easy money", said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "A number of youth,
predominantly in Ontario and Quebec, are being exploited by organized crime
via the contraband tobacco trade, which can be a gateway to involvement in
other criminal activity."

For further information:

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

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