WINDSOR, ON, Nov. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - During the late afternoon of November 5, 2014 investigators with the Windsor RCMP Serious and Organized Crime team executed search warrants at two residences in the City of Windsor. Contraband tobacco, currency and an automobile were seized. Five Windsor residents face criminal charges under the Excise Act 2001 and the Criminal Code.
Investigators executed simultaneous search warrants at residences located on the 3900 block of Maple Leaf Crescent and the 700 block of Vanier Street in Windsor, ON. Police seized a total of approximately 1145 cartons of contraband tobacco, 10 kilograms of contraband water pipe tobacco, approximately $2000 cash along with a 2010 Honda Civic automobile as a result of the investigation. For photos related to this investigation please visit the Ontario RCMP Newsroom.
Five Windsor residents face various criminal charges under the Excise Act 2001 for unlawfully possessing contraband tobacco, unlawfully possessing contraband tobacco for sale and possessing property or proceeds obtained from the commission of an Excise Act 2001 offence. One man faces an additional charge of Obstruction pursuant to the Criminal Code for attempting to destroy evidence. The alleged offences are as follows:
- Abdallah Al-Latif (49) - Unlawfully Possess Unstamped Tobacco; Unlawfully Possess Unstamped Tobacco for Sale; Possession of Proceeds of Crime
- Zeinab AL-Asadi (38) - Unlawfully Possess Unstamped Tobacco for Sale; Possession of Proceeds of Crime
- Mohammed Al-Latif (20) - Unlawfully Possess Unstamped Tobacco for Sale; Possession of Proceeds of Crime
- Alqasim Al-Latif (19) - Unlawfully Possess Unstamped Tobacco for Sale; Possession of Proceeds of Crime; Obstruction
- Mansuri, Adnan (48) - Unlawfully Possess Unstamped Tobacco; Unlawfully Possess Unstamped Tobacco for Sale
All five were released to appear on Monday, December 22, 2014 in the Ontario Court of Justice at 200 Chatham Street, Windsor ON.
"The RCMP remains committed to disrupting the distribution of contraband tobacco which funds criminal enterprises in our communities," said S/Sgt. Peter KOERSVELT – Acting Officer in Charge – Windsor Detachment.
Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information: Sgt. Peter KOERSVELT, Windsor RCMP Detachment, 519-995-8372