Two Arrested for Possession of Fine Cut Tobacco

    SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, May 6 /CNW/ - A 19 year old female driver from
Akwesasne, Ontario and a 22 year old male passenger from Cornwall, Ontario
were both arrested for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped
under authority of the Excise Act 2001 after the vehicle they were driving in
was stopped by the Ontario Provincial Police.
    On May 5th, 2009, an officer from the OPP stopped a 2000 Ford Windstar
van on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. When the officer
spoke to the driver he observed large garbage bags containing fine cut
tobacco. He also observed head rests placed on top of the garbage bags which
he believed provided the illusion of a bench seat inside the van. The driver
admitted to be transporting contraband tobacco. Officers from the Cornwall
RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist. RCMP officers seized 20 garbage bags
containing 405 kilograms of fine cut tobacco. They also seized the van. It is
believed that the tobacco was smuggled into Canada from the United States. The
driver was arrested and will appear at the Alexandria court on July 8th, 2009.
The passenger, identified as David Ward, was arrested and charged for
possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped as well as for breaching
a probation order. He was held in custody to appear at the Cornwall court for
a bail hearing.
    "Currently, the contraband tobacco market is dominated by tobacco
products originating from Aboriginal communities in central Canada", said Sgt.
Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "Progress in addressing the illicit tobacco
trade will be limited unless we develop an understanding of the underlying
issues associated with the tobacco industry in Aboriginal communities."

For further information:

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

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