Young Person Faces Charges for Possession of Contraband Tobacco

    CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - A young person as defined under the Youth
Criminal Justice Act who was involved in the Ontario Provincial Police
investigation on February 11th, 2009 on Highway 401 in South Stormont also
will be charged for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under
authority of the Excise Act 2001.
    On February 11th, 2009, officers from the OPP stopped a 1999 Ford SUV on
Highway 401 westbound in South Stormont, Ontario after the young person was
found to be driving a vehicle bearing stolen licence plates. OPP officers
attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver collided with police vehicles.
Once the vehicle came to a stop, the young person was arrested by the OPP for
various offences including assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a
motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and
flight from a police officer. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed it
to be transporting contraband cigarettes.
    Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist and
seized 1,900 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the vehicle.
The young person was held in custody on the various charges and will be
charged by the RCMP for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped.
    "The priority of all law enforcement agencies is public safety," said
Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. "We will continue to ensure the roadways
are safe from this dangerous activity and want the public to know that when
they purchase illicit tobacco products it increases the demand for criminal
organizations to get the product to the public at all costs."

For further information:

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

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