Cornwall ON – On March 8th, 2010, RCMP officers seized 250 re-sealable bags of contraband cigarettes after a local courier company contacted the RCMP to seize the illegal product.
The cigarettes were destined for a location in British Columbia. The investigation continues and it is not the first time that the RCMP have seized contraband tobacco products which were being sent to destinations across Canada from local courier companies.
On March 10th, 2010, RCMP officers working with officers from the Ontario Ministry of Revenue stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Venture van on County Road 2 in Cornwall, Ontario after officers observed the vehicle leave a well known smuggling area on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in South Glengarry, Ontario.
RCMP officers seized 500 re-sealable bags of contraband cigarettes that were contained in cardboard boxes stuffed into large hockey bags. A 32 year old male driver from Cornwall, Ontario was arrested and faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under the Excise Act 2001. He was also served notice by the Ministry of Revenue for a charge under the Tobacco Tax Act. He was released and will appear at court on a later date.
“Working with our Provincial law enforcement partners provides more teeth in the fight against contraband tobacco smuggling”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. “People who choose to smuggle and get caught will face charges under both the Federal Excise Act 2001 and the Provincial Tobacco Tax Act”.
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