Suspicious Vehicle Stop Leads to Seizure of Contraband Cigars

    CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - A 22 year old male driver from Akwesasne,
Quebec and a 21 year old male passenger from Hogansburg, New York face charges
for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of
the Excise Act 2001 after the vehicle was stopped by the OPP in Cornwall,
    On February 12th, 2009, officers from the OPP were stopped at a stop sign
at the corner of Cornwall Centre Road and Power Dam drive in Cornwall when
they observed a 2006 Ford F-150 stopped on a roadway and flashing for the
marked police vehicle to proceed when in fact the truck had the right of way.
After the driver reacted suspiciously, he drove into a residence located on
Cornwall Centre Road in Cornwall, Ontario. OPP officers spoke to the driver
and observed cardboard boxes containing tobacco products. RCMP officers from
the Cornwall Detachment were contacted to assist.
    RCMP officers attended the scene and seized 350 cartons of Prime Time
Little Cigars Full Flavor, 100 cartons of Prime Time Little Cigars Grape, 100
cartons of Prime Time Little Cigars Vanilla, 250 cartons of Prime Time Little
Cigars Cherry, 200 cartons of Prime Time Little Cigars Peach and 200 cartons
of Prime Time Little Cigars Strawberry. Unlike previous seizures these cartons
were plain white and have the Prime Time logo on a label listed as "PT" with
each type listed by flavour. There were no other markings on the cartons. We
believe that these cigars were smuggled into Canada from the United States to
be sold illegally. The driver will appear at the Cornwall court on March 26th,
2009 and the passenger will appear at the Cornwall court on April 21st, 2009.
The truck was also seized.
    "Several criminal organizations involved in illicit tobacco trade are
also involved in multi-commodity criminal operations, mainly drug related",
said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "Throughout the country, contraband
tobacco is distributed through a variety of different channels. Domestically,
the products are known to be sent through the mail or moved by couriers, buses
and personal or rented vehicles."

For further information:

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

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