Two Cornwall Residents Arrested for Possession of Fine Cut Tobacco

    CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Two people were arrested by the RCMP for
possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of the
Excise Act 2001 following a joint surveillance operation with officers from
the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP Cornwall Detachment.
    On February 4th, 2009, officers followed a 2005 Ford F-150 pick-up truck
from Akwesasne, Ontario and stopped the vehicle at a commercial parking lot
located on Tollgate Road in Cornwall, Ontario. RCMP officers seized 18 garbage
bags containing more than 330 kilograms of fine cut tobacco as well as the
truck. A 26 year old male driver and a 27 year old male passenger, both from
Cornwall, Ontario, were arrested and are facing charges for possession of a
tobacco product not properly stamped. They will appear at the Cornwall court
on March 12th, 2009.
    "Garbage bags of fine cut tobacco are destined for illicit tobacco
manufacturers located in Canada who use the tobacco to make cheap cigarettes",
said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. "We are concerned about the availability
of cheap cigarettes to our youth who become easily addicted to smoking at a
young age."

For further information:

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

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