Surveillance Leads to Four Arrests for Possession of Contraband Tobacco

    IROQUOIS, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - A 36 year old male resident from Iroquois,
Ontario, an 18 year old male from Cornwall, Ontario, a 57 year old male and a
48 year old female both residents of Kemptville, Ontario all will face charges
for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of
the Excise Act 2001 after a vehicle was followed from Akwesasne, Ontario to a
residence located in Iroquois, Ontario.
    On January 27th, 2009, officers from the Canada Border Services Agency
and the Cornwall RCMP Detachment followed a 2000 Impala from Akwesasne,
Ontario to a residence located in Iroquois, Ontario. Once at the residence,
officers observed people unloading cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes
from the Impala and loading them into a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am.
    RCMP officers arrested all four individuals at the residence and seized
740 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes that were located in the vehicles
and inside the residence. Officers also seized a total of $4,997.62 in
Canadian currency from the four subjects as well as both vehicles. During the
search RCMP officers located and seized 49 empty cardboard boxes which
officers believe contained resealable bags of contraband cigarettes at one
time. The four individuals were later released to appear at the Morrisburg
court on April 7th, 2009.
    "We believe that there are criminal organizations who have set up many
warehouses and use residences in Eastern Ontario to store contraband
cigarettes that were smuggled into Canada from the United States", said Sgt.
Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "These organizations then distribute the
cigarettes to communities throughout Canada for high profit."

For further information:

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

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