Here are the latest Illegal Cigarette busts of the week from Sgt. Michael Harvey of the local RCMP.
The following details are a summary of the contraband tobacco seizures made by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment from December 17th, 2009 to January 4th, 2010.
The seizures took place in Cornwall and South Glengarry and the RCMP assisted officers from Canada Border Services Agency, Ontario Provincial Police and the Cornwall Community
-6,750 re-sealable bags of contraband cigarettes seized
-600 cartons of Motagne brand cigarettes seized
-410 kilograms of fine cut tobacco seized
-2 vehicles seized
-arrested for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped were a male (age 43) from L’Orignal, Ontario; male (age 42) from Ottawa, Ontario; male (age 24) from Cornwall, Ontario; male (age 20) Akwesasne, Ontario; male (age 59) Akwesasne, Ontario; female (age 42) Akwesasne, Ontario
-also arrested and tobacco charges laid were Keith Seyeu (age 34) from Cornwall, Ontario; James Oake (age 51) from St. Regis, Quebec who also was charged for failing to appear in court; Shannon Paul (age 26) from Sydney Nova Scotia who was also charged for obstruction, assaulting a peace officer and possession of a controlled substance
“There continues to be smuggling activity at seasonal properties located in South Glengarry, Ontario and we have been receiving calls from concerned public to ensure law enforcement disrupts this activity”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “These recent seizures have included arrests of residents from outside the province as criminal organizations are making efforts to do business in the Cornwall region”.
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