Sherbrooke, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 – This morning in Sherbrooke, the RCMP dismantled an organization involved in the distribution and sale of contraband tobacco products. The police officers conducted five searches and seized approximately 430,000 contraband cigarettes, as well as seven vehicles. Five persons were arrested and could face charges under the Excise Act 2001.
The searches were conducted in private residences and in a warehouse owned by the suspects in the Sherbrooke area. Of the five persons arrested this morning, four will be released today. One individual will be remanded into custody.
The RCMP Estrie Detachment initiated the investigation in September 2008 in partnership with the Sûreté du Québec and Sherbrooke Police Service.
Under the Excise Act 2001, it is illegal to possess or sell tobacco products that are not packaged or stamped as required by Canadian law.
People need to be aware that they are funding criminal activity if they purchase tobacco products not sold legitimately. Criminals involved in the illicit tobacco trade often use their profits to fund other illegal activities, including drug and firearm trafficking.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police encourages citizens to report any information on suspected illicit activities by individuals or groups of individuals to the investigators of the RCMP Estrie Detachment at 819 564-5770. All tips will be kept confidential.
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