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11 Minutes – War On Cash SE1\EP1
Jun 4, 2015
Episode 1: Is there a war on cash, and if so, why? If true, is it something that needs to be resisted, if at all possible? We’ll explore this together on 11 Minutes.
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Police, convenience store owners at odds over contraband cigarette charges
January 29, 2015
Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
HALIFAX – Police have laid over 100 charges against several convenience store owners connected with contraband tobacco around Halifax, but some owners are taking issue with the term “contraband” and say they face fewer charges than is being reported.
On Wednesday, Insp. Glenn Lambe of the federal and serious organized crime unit and Bernie Meagher, director of audit and enforcement for Service Nova Scotia, told reporters the owners of Bridgeview Grocery on the Bedford Highway have been ordering large quantities of tobacco products from wholesalers, then illegally selling those cartons to retailers across HRM.
“It’s not the typical contraband tobacco that’s not stamped … or bagged properly,” Lambe said.
Last Thursday, RCMP said five of the stores were searched and officers seized 74 cartons of cigarettes and 93 other wrappers suggesting cigarettes were removed from their packaging prior to resale.
Meagher said by illegally selling from one retailer to another instead of the proper wholesalers, Bridgeview and the retailers who purchased from them “undermined our whole licensing regime.”
Lambe said the investigation began last September and wrapped up recently, while the 12 people charged are due in court in March.
By having a retailer sell cartons of tobacco to another store, who would in turn sell those cartons to customers, Lambe said there’s “no record” of the second sale so any tax money from the customer doesn’t go back to the government.
Meagher said Bridgeview could order large amounts of cigarettes and get bigger discounts from wholesalers, then share those profits with other stores.
An audit of financial records is ongoing and will be turned over to the Canada Revenue Agency, but Meagher said there is a “substantial” sum involved.
George Israel of Israel Grocery told Metro he had not purchased any cigarettes from Bridgeview Grocery, but once borrowed five cartons from the owner when his tobacco shipment didn’t arrive on time.
“Unbelievable. I was shocked,” Israel said about seeing his name next to contraband charges.
Israel emphasized the cigarettes were “legal, legal, legal” and assumed the term contraband meant the cigarettes themselves were illegal or smuggled.
Another store owner, who didn’t want to be named, said he has documents that prove he is facing one charge of possession of tobacco “other than tobacco purchased by the retail vendor from a wholesale vendor” which is very different than using the term contraband, and is angry the RCMP listed two other charges against him.
“We were all shocked,” the man said, adding stores all over HRM buy cartons from neighbouring retailers now and then.
Police searched five stores last Thursday – three in Halifax and two in Sackville. They were Bridgeview Grocery on the Bedford Highway, Kim’s Convenience on Herring Cove Road, Bluenose Convenience in Halifax, Villa Plaza Kwik Way on Sackville Drive and Cobequid Convenience on Cobequid Road.
The following people, according to the RCMP, are facing charges in relation to the case. All those charged have been released and will appear in either Dartmouth or Halifax provincial court on March 30.
-Akram Karam, 54, Halifax, Bridgeview Grocery: 33 charges of section 39(3) of Revenue Act -Sale of Contraband Tobacco; Two charges of section 78(3) of the Revenue Act Regulations
-Nadia Karam, 44, Halifax, Bridgeview Grocery: 11 charges of section 39(3) of Revenue Act -Sale of Contraband Tobacco; One charge of section 78(3) of the Revenue Act Regulations
-Caroline Collins, 53, Middle Sackville, Villa Plaza Kwik Way: Four charges of section 39(2) of Revenue Act – Purchase of Contraband Tobacco; Four charges of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco; One charge of section 39 (2) of Revenue Act – Possession of Contraband Tobacco
-Sang Ho Back, 42, Halifax, Kim’s Convenience: 17 charges of section 39(2) of Revenue Act – Purchase of Contraband Tobacco; 17 charges of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco; One charge of section 39 (2) of Revenue Act – Possession of Contraband Tobacco
-Mohammed Al-Showaiter, 30, Bedford, Cobequid Convenience: One charge of section 39(2) of Revenue Act – Purchase of Contraband Tobacco; One charge of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco; One charge of section 39 (2) of Revenue Act – Possession of Contraband Tobacco
-Vijay Agnihotr, 57, Halifax; Jebaily’s and Cook’s Convenience: Two charges of section 39(2) of Revenue Act – Purchase of Contraband Tobacco; Two charges of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco
-George Israel, 60, Halifax, Israel Grocery: One charge of section 39(2) of Revenue Act – Purchase of Contraband Tobacco; One charge of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco
-Hossein Ghaderi, 23, Halifax, Nova Grocery: Two charges of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco; Two charges of section 78(1) of the Revenue Act Regulations
-Verinder Chopra, 57, Halifax, Bluenose Convenience: One charge of section 39(2) of Revenue Act – Purchase of Contraband Tobacco; One charge of section 39 (2) of Revenue Act – Possession of Contraband Tobacco
-Sonia Chopra, 50, Halifax, Bluenose Convenience: Two charges of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco; Two charges of section 78(1) of the Revenue Act Regulations
-Ali Ghaderi, 21, Dartmouth, SNAXX Convenience: Two charges of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco; Two charges of section 78(1) of the Revenue Act Regulations
-Mingyan Zhu, 30, Halifax, Olivet Grocery: One charge of section 39(2) of Revenue Act – Purchase of Contraband Tobacco; One charge of section 40 of Revenue Act – Transporting Contraband Tobacco.
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New ally in illegal smokes fight -ON
By CHRIS DOUCETTE, SUN MEDIA
Last Updated: 31st January 2009, 4:16am
Toronto Crime Stoppers joins the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco in an effort to fight the spread of illegal tobacco products -Play Video
Toronto Crime Stoppers has joined the fight against contraband cigarettes, which authorities said is helping fund such other illegal activities as drug and weapons smuggling in Ontario.
The city’s Crime Stoppers program announced yesterday it has become the newest member of The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT), a group of businesses and organizations working to stem the flow of illegal cigarettes into cities and towns across the province.
“This criminal activity ranges from small-time dealers in our communities to organized crime organizations involved in the distribution of this illegal product, which is making tobacco more accessible to our youth,” Crime Stoppers chairman Sean Sportun said.
“It’s our hope this partnership will assist in educating community members on this issue and bring additional attention to this crime (by) generating tips and combating illegal tobacco products in our community,” he told a news conference at police headquarters.
Police Chief Bill Blair called it “a serious problem in our society.
“Unfortunately, many people do not perceive the sale of contraband cigarettes to be a crime,” he said.
The illegal importation of drugs and firearms goes hand-in-hand with the contraband tobacco industry, he said.
http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/01/31/8213696-sun.html
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CBSA and RCMP Surveillance Leads to Seizure of Contraband Tobacco
Jan 30, 2009
CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ – Two people were arrested by the RCMP for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 following a joint surveillance operation with officers from the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP Cornwall Detachment.
On January 30th, 2009, officers followed a 2003 Chevrolet Impala from Akwesasne, Ontario and stopped the vehicle at a commercial parking lot on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario. When officers approached the driver she refused to get out of her vehicle. RCMP officers arrested a 42 year old female driver from Akwesasne, Ontario and seized 746 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the vehicle. The driver faces charges for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped as well as for obstructing a peace officer. She was later released to appear at the Cornwall court on April 7th, 2009.
Later on the same day, officers followed a 2000 Chevrolet Cube Van from Akwesasne, Ontario and followed the truck to a residence located on Tollgate Road in Cornwall, Ontario. RCMP officers approached the driver as he exited the van and observed the van to contain cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes. RCMP officers seized 4,350 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the van. The driver, identified as 41 year old Jeffery Adams from Cornwall, Ontario was arrested and charged for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped and for failing to comply with an conditions from a previous release document. He was held for a bail hearing at the Cornwall court on January 30th, 2009.
“Success in minimizing the current contraband tobacco market is heavily dependent on effective partnerships and common priorities across impacted partners and stakeholders,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. “To this end, the RCMP is committed to working internally as well as with its partners and stakeholders to ensure that every effort is made to enhance public safety and economic integrity across Canada.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/30/c4369.html
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Cornwall Resident Charged for Possession of Contraband Tobacco
Jan 29, 2009
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ – Danielle Belanger, a 41 year old female resident from Cornwall, Ontario was charged for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001, breaching conditions from an undertaking and driving while disqualified after officers from the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a call that a motor vehicle was in the ditch on Highway 401 in South Glengarry, Ontario.
On January 28th, 2009, an officer from the OPP responded to the call that a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina was in the ditch on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. At the time there was a winter storm in the area and driving conditions were poor. The officer arrived at the scene and observed the vehicle was transporting cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes. A tow truck driver who was at the scene advised the officer that the driver was sitting in another vehicle. The officer questioned Danielle Belanger who advised that she had been driving the vehicle and that she lost control due to the weather conditions. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist.
RCMP officers attended the scene, arrested Danielle Belanger and seized 995 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the vehicle. She was held in custody to appear for a bail hearing at the Cornwall court on January 29th, 2009.
“Criminal organizations do not consider public safety when they arrange for people to drive in poor weather conditions to transport contraband cigarettes on our roadways,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. “Their ultimate goal is to make profits on this and other criminal activities no matter what negative impact this has on our citizens.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/29/c4001.html
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Surveillance Leads to Four Arrests for Possession of Contraband Tobacco
Jan 29, 2009
IROQUOIS, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ – A 36 year old male resident from Iroquois, Ontario, an 18 year old male from Cornwall, Ontario, a 57 year old male and a 48 year old female both residents of Kemptville, Ontario all will face charges for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under authority of the Excise Act 2001 after a vehicle was followed from Akwesasne, Ontario to a residence located in Iroquois, Ontario.
On January 27th, 2009, officers from the Canada Border Services Agency and the Cornwall RCMP Detachment followed a 2000 Impala from Akwesasne, Ontario to a residence located in Iroquois, Ontario. Once at the residence, officers observed people unloading cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes from the Impala and loading them into a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am.
RCMP officers arrested all four individuals at the residence and seized 740 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes that were located in the vehicles and inside the residence. Officers also seized a total of $4,997.62 in Canadian currency from the four subjects as well as both vehicles. During the search RCMP officers located and seized 49 empty cardboard boxes which officers believe contained resealable bags of contraband cigarettes at one time. The four individuals were later released to appear at the Morrisburg court on April 7th, 2009.
“We believe that there are criminal organizations who have set up many warehouses and use residences in Eastern Ontario to store contraband cigarettes that were smuggled into Canada from the United States”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. “These organizations then distribute the cigarettes to communities throughout Canada for high profit.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/29/c4000.html
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Four vehicles seized carrying 111 cases of contraband cigarettes
Jan 28, 2009
PRESCOTT, ON, Jan. 28 /CNW/ – On Tuesday, January 27th , 2009, law enforcement agencies from across Eastern Ontario intercepted four vehicles found to be smuggling contraband cigarettes. This was a joint operation which took place on Highway 401, west of Prescott, Ontario with significant roles by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Kingston Customs and Excise Section.
Police seized three pickup trucks, collectively carrying approximately 81 cases of contraband tobacco product, plus a van loaded with an additional 30 cases of contraband tobacco product.
Generally, each case contains approximately 50 cartons of cigarettes or 50 individual bags with 200 cigarettes each.
Three males from Eastern Ontario and a fourth male from Gatineau, Quebec were arrested at the scene and charges are pending.
The RCMP and their partner agencies continue to notice an increase in the distribution of contraband cigarettes throughout this area.
“Contraband cigarettes should be a concern for all Canadians,” stated Sgt. Dan Somers of the Kingston RCMP Customs and Excise Section, “Contraband cigarettes do not have the same regulations and controls that legitimate cigarettes have in place, making it easier for these products to fall into the hands of young people”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/28/c3686.html
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Two Arrested for Possession of a Tobacco Product Not Properly Stamped
Jan 27, 2009
AKWESASNE, ON, Jan. 27 /CNW/ – Officers from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service stopped two vehicles that lead to the RCMP arresting a 26 year old Jeremy Labelle from Cornwall, Ontario and a 44 year old female resident from Akwesasne, Ontario for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped according to the Excise Act 2001.
On January 26th, 2009, an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service observed a male passenger arrive in Akwesasne, Ontario in a taxi and was observed shortly thereafter driving a 1999 Pontiac Transport van. The officer stopped the van on International Road in Akwesasne, Ontario. Upon walking up to the driver, the officer observed fake head rests in the rear passenger area of the vehicle with a black blanket covering cargo. The driver was identified as Jeremy Labelle who did not produce any driving documents and admitted to be transporting cigarettes.
Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist. Labelle was arrested and the RCMP officers seized 1,650 resealable bags of cigarettes as well as the van. Officers believe these cigarettes were manufactured in the United States. Jeremy Labelle was held in custody to appear at the Cornwall court for a bail hearing on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009. He was charged for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped as well as for breaching probation conditions. He was also issued Highway Traffic Act tickets from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service officer for driving a motor vehicle without a licence, failing to provide identification and failing to provide a permit for a motor vehicle. He also received a ticket under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act for failing to have an insurance card.
Later on the same day, an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service stopped a 2001 Mazda Tribute in a commercial parking lot in Cornwall, Ontario after it travelled from Akwesasne, Ontario. The officer approached the driver and observed card board boxes of cigarettes inside the vehicle. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist.
RCMP officers arrested the driver, seized 1,250 resealable bags of cigarettes as well as the vehicle. The driver was released to appear at the Cornwall court on March 26th, 2009. Officers believe that these cigarettes were also manufactured in the United States.
“Our priority is public safety and to stop those who continue to take advantage of the geography of our region to commit criminal activities,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey from the RCMP. “Again our partners are finding people driving without any proper documents or insurance on our roadways.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/27/c3101.html
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Five People Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco
Jan 26, 2009
CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ – Between January 19th, 2009 and January 22nd, 2009, the Cornwall RCMP Detachment arrested five people for possession of contraband tobacco after assisting officers from the Canada Border Services Agency and the Ontario Provincial Police. The interception of four vehicles by the RCMP and our partner law enforcement agencies resulted in significant seizures in the following regions:
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2 vehicles in Cornwall, Ontario
1 vehicle in South Glengarry, Ontario
1 vehicle in South Dundas, Ontario
These interceptions permitted the arrest of five individuals (2 from Cornwall, Ontario, 1 from St. Andrews, Ontario, 1 from Garden Village, Ontario, 1 from North Bay, Ontario) who will be facing charges of possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped according to the Excise Act 2001.
Items Seized:
–  4 vehicles
–  4,300 assorted resealable bags (cartons)
–  300 cartons of Canadian Lights brand cigarettes
–  200 cartons of Canadian Ultra-Lights brand cigarettes
–  200 cartons of Putter’s brand cigarettes
–  100 cartons of DK’s brand cigarettes
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“In 2008, the RCMP seized a total of 368,736 cartons/resealable bags of contraband cigarettes and 29,606.77 kilograms of fine cut tobacco between Cardinal, Ontario to Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “In 2007, the RCMP in the same area seized 251,849 cartons/resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. We continue to make more seizures as a result of the integrated policing operations and sharing of criminal intelligence on both sides of the Canada-United States border.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/26/c2743.html
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Six People Charged Following RCMP Contraband Tobacco Investigation
Jan 20, 2009
CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ – Six people have been charged with various offences after an RCMP contraband tobacco investigation. On July 30th, 2008, members of the Cornwall RCMP Detachment with the assistance from a Canada Border Services Agency officer followed a 1999 Mercury Sable from Akwesasne, Ontario to a residence located in Ingleside, Ontario where officers observed the vehicle park beside a 1989 GMC pick-up truck. Police seized 500 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the Mercury Sable and arrested the driver, 23 year old Donald Joseph Giasson, a resident from Rooseveltown, New York. The driver of the pick-up truck, Carson Mitton, a 59 year old resident from Denbigh, Ontario along with the passenger, 23 year old Mary Ann Woodcock from Scarborough, Ontario were also arrested as a party to the offence. Officers seized the pick-up truck, $17,840 located inside the truck and a small quantity of a controlled substance.
Further investigation revealed that Carson Mitton and Mary Ann Woodcock were previously investigated by the OPP and Belleville Police Service in a Joint Forces initiative named Project Fortitude and had been arrested by the RCMP in the Moncton, New Brunswick region on July 6th, 2008 for possession of 10,800 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. Project Fortitude identified a group responsible for moving contraband tobacco from Akwesasne, Ontario to the New Brunswick area. This investigation linked Carson Mitton with 40 year old Yvan Leclair from Shannonville, Ontario, 33 year old Jason Lincoln Knight and 51 year old Hubert Aurele Dore, both residents from Cornwall, Ontario.
The information gathered during Project Fortitude was shared with officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment. The matter was further investigated with the assistance of officers from the Kingston RCMP Proceeds of Crime Section and the RCMP Customs and Excise Unit in New Brunswick. The investigation resulted in the following charges being laid:
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1.  Yvan Leclair charged with Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence and Perjury
2.  Carson Mitton charged with Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possession of a Tobacco Product not Properly Stamped and Possession of a Controlled Substance
3.  Mary Ann Woodcock charged with Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possession of a  Tobacco Product not Properly Stamped
4.  Hubert Aurele Dore charged with Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
5.  Jason Lincoln Knight charged with Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
6.  Donald Joseph Giasson charged with Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence and Possession of a Tobacco Product Not Properly Stamped
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Yvan Leclair remains in custody on charges stemming from Project Fortitude and the remainder of those charged by the RCMP appeared at the Cornwall court on January 15th, 2009.
“The RCMP is an intelligence-led organization that works with its partners to leverage resources in the protection of Canada and Canadians from both internal and external threats,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “We not only target contraband tobacco, but also bring to bear all assets in addressing cross-border criminality to ensure safe homes and communities.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/20/c8987.html
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Cornwall Resident Arrested for Possession of Contraband Cigarettes
Jan 20, 2009
CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ – A 41 year old male resident from Cornwall, Ontario faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after the vehicle he was driving was stopped by officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment.
On January 19th, 2009, officers from the Canada Border Services Agency working with officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment followed a 2003 GMC Cargo Van from Akwesasne, Ontario. The vehicle was stopped at the corner of Cumberland and Fifteenth Street in Cornwall, Ontario. RCMP officers seized 4,500 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the van and arrested the driver. The driver was released with conditions to appear at the Cornwall court on February 24th, 2009.
“Tobacco control involves a variety of health, enforcement and tax authorities spread among several departments and agencies at different levels of government, as well as external stakeholders,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “This includes the Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Border Services Agency, Provincial enforcement, Health Canada, Finance Canada, Public Prosecution Services of Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Non-Government Organizations, Legitimate Tobacco Industry, Aboriginal leaders and communities, United States Law Enforcement partners and Academia.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/20/c8990.html
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Three Arrested for Possession of Contraband Cigarettes
Jan 14, 2009
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Jan. 14 /CNW/ – A young person and two twenty year old male residents from Akwesasne, Ontario each face a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped. These charges result from two traffic stops by the Ontario Provincial Police on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario.
On January 12th, 2009, an officer from the OPP stopped a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix after the officer observed the vehicle speeding on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. The driver exited the vehicle to approach the officer. He was immediately advised to return to his vehicle for safety reasons. The officer then approached the vehicle and observed clear resealable bags of contraband cigarettes on the rear seat. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist.
The RCMP officers attended the scene, arrested the young person, seized the vehicle as well as 750 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. The driver was later released to appear at the Alexandria court on February 4th, 2009.
Later the same date, an officer from the OPP stopped a second vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche on Highway 401 Eastbound for displaying a licence plate not belonging to the vehicle. The officer observed contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle and contacted officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment to attend.
The RCMP officers attended the scene, arrested the driver and passenger, seized the vehicle as well as 925 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. The cigarettes seized from both stops are believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. They were both released to appear at the Alexandria court on March 11th, 2009.
“The resealable bags that we often seize contain a label on them which has a Surgeon General’s Warning,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “This warning is used in the United States and not in Canada. Do not be fooled by this warning as the label does not make the product legal for sale in Canada.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/14/c7477.html
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CBSA, RCMP and OPP Operation Leads to the Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
Jan 7, 2009
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ – A 36 year old male resident from Cornwall, Ontario is facing a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after he was found to be transporting contraband cigarettes.
On January 6th, 2009, officers from the Canada Border Services Agency and the Cornwall RCMP Detachment followed a 2004 Pontiac Montana van from Akwesasne, Ontario. The OPP stopped the van on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. Officers observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the van. The RCMP officers arrested the driver and seized the van along with 2,200 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. The driver was released to appear at the Alexandria court on March 4th, 2009.
“The RCMP is focused on the organized crime groups that are taking advantage of the geographic location of some communities”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “A portion of the illegal manufacturing, which is the source of contraband tobacco in Canada today, comes from the United States, outside of our jurisdiction. We are working with our partners in the United States to address the problem.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/07/c5640.html
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Five People Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco
Jan 5, 2009
CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 5 /CNW/ – Between December 23rd, 2008, and January 3rd, 2009, the Cornwall RCMP Detachment arrested five people for possession of contraband tobacco after assisting officers from the Canada Border Services Agency, Cornwall Community Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.
The interception of these five vehicles by our partner law enforcement agencies resulted in significant seizures in the following regions:
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2 vehicles in Cornwall, Ontario
2 vehicles in South Glengarry, Ontario
1 vehicle in Akwesasne, Ontario
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These interceptions permitted the arrest of five individuals (3 from Cornwall, Ontario, 1 from Snye, Quebec, 1 from Gowanda, New York) who will be facing charges of possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped according to the Excise Act 2001. One of the individuals arrested was also charged for failing to remain at the scene of an accident as well as and three counts for breaching a probation order as a result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred while he was transporting contraband tobacco in Cornwall, Ontario.
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Items Seized:
–   5 vehicles
–   5,037 assorted resealable bags (cartons)
–   403 kilograms of fine cut tobacco
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“Those who purchase contraband tobacco products are financing criminal organizations in their communities who traffic drugs and firearms”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “There needs to be collective action from everyone to stop the illicit tobacco trade and it begins with the consumer of those products.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2009/05/c5187.html
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R.I.D.E. Vehicle Inspection Leads To The Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
ST. ANDREWS, ON, Dec. 22 /CNW/ – A 23 year old male driver identified as Stuart Davie from Cornwall, Ontario was charged under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped. He was also charged for failing to comply with a probation order. These charges are a result of a traffic stop by the Ontario Provincial Police on Highway 138 near St. Andrews, Ontario.
On December 18th, 2008, officers from the OPP stopped a 1996 Ford F150 pick-up truck on Highway 138 at a R.I.D.E. checkpoint. Officers detected an odour of marihuana and observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the truck. Officers also observed that the cargo area windows were painted over to conceal the contraband cigarettes from the outside. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist.
The RCMP officers attended the scene, arrested the driver and seized the truck along with 2,550 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes. Stuart Davie was held in custody and will appear at the Cornwall court on December 23rd, 2008. He also was issued Highway Traffic Act tickets by the OPP officers for misusing a licence plate and for altering the validation tag on the licence plate.
“There are a variety of federal and provincial departments and agencies that have roles and responsibilities related to tobacco”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “These organizations are responsible for health objectives, regulatory regimes, taxation, enforcement and Aboriginal and international relations. The combination of these responsibilities results in layers of regulation, taxation, and multi-jurisdictional enforcement. No single department or agency is solely responsible or can act alone”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/22/c3884.html
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A Commercial Vehicle Inspection leads to the Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
CORNWALL, ON, Dec. 19 /CNW/ – A 51 year old male driver from Ohsweken, Ontario faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped. This charge is a result of a traffic stop by the Ontario Provincial Police on Highway 401 westbound near Cornwall, Ontario.
On December 18th, 2008, officers from the OPP stopped a 2007 Chevrolet cube truck on highway 401 that was travelling westbound near Cornwall, Ontario for a commercial vehicle inspection. During the inspection the officers observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes. The Cornwall RCMP Detachment was contacted to assist.
The RCMP officers attended the scene, arrested the driver of the truck and seized 6,200 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes, 1,000 cartons of Discount Tips Canadian Blend brand cigarettes, 101 cartons of Native All Natural brand cigarettes and 500 cartons of Canadian brand cigarettes. The investigation revealed that the truck was rented from a rental agency in Brantford, Ontario.
The RCMP officers also seized two 1.75 litre bottles of Port Royal West Indies Rum, one 1.75 litre bottle of Canadian Leaf Canadian Whiskey, and one 1.75 litre bottle of Odesse Distilled London Dry Gin believed to have been produced in the United States as well as a small amount of a substance believed to be marihuana and hashish. The driver was later released to appear at the Cornwall court on January 29th, 2009.
“We believe that the contraband cigarettes were manufactured in the United States as well as in Canada”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “These cigarettes were picked up from an organization located on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec and destined for Six Nations in Ontario where the criminal organizations will distribute them for illegal sale”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/19/c3540.html
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Ontario Provincial Police Vehicle Stop leads to the RCMP Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Dec. 17 /CNW/ – A 26 year old male driver from Akwesasne, Ontario and a 45 year old male passenger from Cornwall, Ontario both face a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped. These charges are as a result of a traffic stop by the Ontario Provincial Police on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario.
On December 16th, 2008, an officer from the OPP observed a 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette van driving aggressively in the Glen Walter and Summerstown area. The OPP stopped the vehicle on Highway 401 in South Glengarry, Ontario. Upon approaching the driver, the officer observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were then contacted to assist.
The RCMP officers attended the scene, arrested both occupants of the vehicle, seized the vehicle as well as 1,400 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver and passenger were later released to appear at the Cornwall court on February 10th, 2009.
“Contraband tobacco is easily accessible to people of all ages”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “We should be concerned because it encourages young people to take up smoking with access to cheap cigarettes”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/17/c2687.html
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Ontario Provincial Police Vehicle Check leads to the RCMP Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
CORNWALL, ON, Dec. 15 /CNW/ – A 22 year old male resident from Hogansburg, New York faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after an Ontario Provincial Police officer observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle at a R.I.D.E. checkpoint.
On December 11th, 2008, officers from the OPP were conducting the R.I.D.E. program in Cornwall, Ontario with the assistance of officers from the RCMP Cornwall Detachment. While conducting a vehicle check, an OPP officer observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes in a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. The officer asked the RCMP officers to assist.
The RCMP officers seized 1,000 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The vehicle was also seized. The driver was arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court on January 29th, 2009. The driver was also issued tickets from the OPP for driving while disqualified and failing to produce insurance.
“Law enforcement agencies working together gain more leverage against the criminal organizations who are involved in the illicit tobacco trade”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “One of the main reasons we are seeing more seizures is because law enforcement on both sides of the border and within Canada are partnering more. We have better integrated intelligence and more integrated operations”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/15/c9919.html
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Illegal Tobacco Distributers Halted
Dec 9, 2008
BOWMANVILLE, ON, Dec. 9 /CNW/ – On Tuesday, December 9th, 2008, charges were laid against six individuals after a joint investigation by the Special Investigation Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Revenue and the Custom and Excise Unit of the Greater Toronto Area RCMP.
On December 5th, 2008, six individuals were arrested for possession of unlawfully packed and stamped tobacco in Mississauga Ontario. At the time of arrest, three vehicles were seized. On Saturday December 6th, two search warrants were executed and approximately 200, 22.5 kg cases of illegal tobacco products were seized. These tobacco products were of various East Indian and Pakistani brands.
First court appearance for the six individuals is set for January 21st, 2009 at the Brampton Court house in order to answer charges under the Excise Act 2001.
<<Charged are:
ZAHEER, Hasan, from Mississauga, ZAHEER, Mohammed, Tafazzul, from Mississauga,  ZAHEER, Mohammed, Vilayet, from Mississauga, ZAHEER, Mohammed, Jafar, from Mississauga, PATEL, Vindodcumar, Gijubhai, from Brampton, PATEL, Dipakkumar B., from Brampton     >>
“The sale of contraband tobacco products does not represent any medium or long-term benefit for anyone except the individuals making the profits. There are negative health, economic and public safety consequences for all our communities in relation to the production and sale of contraband tobacco products”, said RCMP Inspector Greg Johnson, the Officer in charge of the GTA Customs and Excise Unit. “The RCMP is committed to working internally as well as with its partners and stakeholders to ensure that every effort is made to enhance public safety and economic integrity across Canada”.
Pictures of this seizure can be found at:
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/press/news_e.htm
    or
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/press/news_f.htm
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/09/c8353.html

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Ontario Provincial Police Vehicle Stop Leads to the RCMP Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
Dec 8, 2008
INGLESIDE, ON, Dec. 8 /CNW/ – A 22 year old male driver and 21 year old female passenger, both residents from Cornwall, Ontario face charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after an Ontario Provincial Police officer stopped a vehicle in Ingleside, Ontario.
On December 5th, 2008, officers from the OPP were conducting the R.I.D.E. program in Ingleside, Ontario when they observed a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix conduct a U-Turn to avoid the inspection. An officer stopped the vehicle on County Road 18 and while talking to the driver, he observed resealable bags of contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist.
The RCMP officers seized 1,150 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The vehicle was also seized. The driver and the passenger were both arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court on January 24th, 2009. The driver also faces a Criminal Code charge for failing to comply with conditions from a previous Undertaking.
“Members of organized crime groups are profiting from the illicit sale of tobacco products”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “The public who purchase contraband tobacco are financing the groups illegal activities including trafficking in drugs and firearms”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/08/c8034.html
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Cornwall Community Police Service Vehicle Stop Leads to the RCMP Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
Dec 5, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Dec. 5 /CNW/ – A 24 year old male resident from Akwesasne, Ontario and a 22 year old female resident from Hogansburg, New York both face charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after an officer from the Cornwall Community Police Service stopped a vehicle in Cornwall, Ontario.
On December 4th, 2008, an officer observed a 2000 Ford Excursion sport utility vehicle that was on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver accelerated. The vehicle then pulled over into a parking lot and the officer interacted with the driver. The officer observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle and contacted officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment to assist.
The RCMP officers seized 2,850 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The vehicle was also seized. The driver and the passenger were both arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court on January 26th, 2009. The driver was also issued Highway Traffic Act tickets from the Cornwall Community Police officer for drive a motor vehicle with no license and drive a motor vehicle with no permit. The driver was also issued a Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act ticket for fail to have an insurance card.
“The illicit tobacco trade presents a serious threat to public safety and health in Canada,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “According to recent threat assessments approximately 105 organized crime groups of varying levels of sophistication are currently known to be involved in the illicit tobacco trade. Compounding the problem is that 69% are also involved in drug trafficking, mainly marihuana and cocaine, and/or weapons trafficking. Furthermore, 30% of these groups are known to have violent tendencies”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/05/c7603.html
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Ontario Ministry of Transportation Truck Inspection Leads to the RCMP Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
Dec 4, 2008
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Dec. 4 /CNW/ – A 31 year old male resident from Hagersville, Ontario and a 53 year old male resident from Ohsweken, Ontario both face charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after they were stopped by officers from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for a commercial vehicle inspection.
On December 2nd, 2008, officers observed a 2008 International Maxxforce DT Truck failing to pull into the Lancaster Truck Inspection Station on Highway 401 westbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. The MTO officer located the truck travelling westbound on Highway 401 and stopped the truck near the Fraser Road overpass. The driver was instructed to return to the Lancaster Truck Inspection Station. During the inspection, officers observed the cargo area of the truck to contain cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes.
Officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist. The RCMP officers seized 1,950 cartons of Discount brand cigarettes, 6,250 cartons of Stones brand King Size cigarettes, 1,250 cartons of Smugglers brand King Size cigarettes and 5,450 cartons of DK’s brand cigarettes. The vehicle was returned to the rental company located in Brantford, Ontario. The driver and the passenger were both arrested by the RCMP and released to appear at the Alexandria court on January 7th, 2009. The driver was also issued a Highway Traffic Act ticket by the MTO officer for failing to stop for a commercial vehicle inspection.
“We believe that the Discount and DK’s brand cigarettes seized in this incident were manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada and the other brands were manufactured at an illicit factory located in the Province of Quebec”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “We believe this shipment was being transported from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec to Six Nations located in Southern Ontario”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/04/c7085.html
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Forty-Six People Arrested for Possession of Contraband Tobacco during High Intensity Enforcement Project
CORNWALL, ON, Nov. 26 /CNW/ – Between November 13th, 2008, and November 24th, 2008, the Cornwall RCMP Detachment coordinated a High Intensity Enforcement Project in the Cornwall area to disrupt the contraband tobacco supply chain. Resources were temporarily deployed from RCMP Detachments located in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario to support this operation. Officers from the Canada Border Services Agency, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Integrated Criminal Intelligence Section, Cornwall Community Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Team (POCET), Quebec Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of Revenue Special Investigations Branch also participated in this operation.
Individuals and vehicles involved in contraband tobacco smuggling departing the Cornwall area towards Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa were identified and intercepted. This joint operation focused on targeting individuals who belong to various organized crime groups which facilitate the distribution of the contraband tobacco throughout Canada. The result of this operation permitted the partner law enforcement agencies to intercept forty-eight different vehicles in the following regions:
<<24 vehicles in Cornwall, Ontario
14 vehicles in South Glengarry, Ontario
7 vehicles in South Stormont, Ontario
1 vehicle in Ottawa, Ontario
1 vehicle in the St-Justin-de-Neptune, Quebec
1 vehicle in Riviere-Beaudette, Quebec
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These interceptions permitted the arrest of forty-six individuals (19 from Cornwall, Ontario, 4 from Akwesasne, Ontario, 3 from Ottawa, Ontario, 1 from Martintown, Ontario, 1 from Frankford, Ontario, 1 from Oshawa, Ontario, 1 from Ohsweken, Ontario, 1 from St. Andrews, Ontario, 5 from Kahnawake, Quebec, 1 from Maniwaki, Quebec, 1 from Kanasatake, Quebec, 2 from Akwesasne, New York, 5 from Hogansburg, New York, 1 from Rooseveltown, New York) who will be charged for the possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped according to the Excise Act 2001 as well as being charged under authority of the Provincial Tobacco Tax Act.

<<Items Seized
–   43 vehicles
–   48,570 assorted resealable bags and cartons each containing 200
cigarettes seized which represents 9,714,000 cigarettes
–   2,332.3 kilograms of fine cut tobacco
–   50 cartons of Peach Flavour light cigars
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“The Cornwall Detachment follows the principals of intelligence led policing to attack the National Priorities of Organized Crime and Terrorism, and to enhance Border Integrity and security along the shared border. We also focus our targeting based on criminal threat assessments conducted on forty-two criminal organizations which are believed to be operating within the Cornwall Detachment area” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “These interceptions allows us to gather valuable criminal intelligence to further our investigations”.
A similar High Intensity Enforcement Project was executed in February 2008 during a three week period where Customs and Excise members from the RCMP’s Northwest region attended Cornwall with the objective of learning, understanding and executing enforcement strategies on the contraband phenomenon. The February project was a success where over 9.5 million cigarettes and 800 kilograms of fine cut tobacco was seized.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2008/26/c4336.html
Smuggling Ring Butted Out -ON
Nov 6, 2008
BOWMANVILLE, ON, Nov. 6 /CNW/ – On Saturday November 1st, 2008, after a joint investigation by the Canadian Border Services Agency and the Custom and Excise Unit of the Greater Toronto Area RCMP, four individuals were arrested for possession of unlawfully packed and stamped tobacco in Richmond Hill, Ontario. At the time of arrest, $1,100.00 in cash was seized, two vehicles as well as over 700 cases of counterfeit cigarettes which are believed to have originated from China.
First court appearance for the two males and two females is set for January 9th, 2009 at the Newmarket Court house in order to answer charges under the Excise Act 2001.
The sale of contraband tobacco products does not represent any medium or long-term benefit for anyone except the individuals making the profits. There are negative health, economic and public safety consequences for all our communities in relation to the production and sale of contraband cigarettes.
The RCMP is committed to working internally as well as with its partners and stakeholders to ensure that every effort is made to enhance public safety and economic integrity across Canada.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2008/06/c5823.html
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Pair caught with illegal cigarettes fined $46,000 -NS
posted on 11/05/08
Two men from the Yarmouth area caught travelling on Highway 103 with 60,000 illegal cigarettes have been fined more than $46,000.
James William Bartlett, 34, of Upper Wedgeport and Donald James Watkins, 31, of Yarmouth pleaded guilty to charges under the federal Excise Act and the provincial Revenue Act Wednesday in Bridgewater provincial court.
The pair admitted having unstamped and untaxed cigarettes when stopped at an RCMP checkpoint near Port Mouton September 9. When Mr. Bartlett drove up, a constable saw what he believed to be two marijuana joints on the console and arrested the pair.
A preliminary search of the vehicle revealed four cartons of cigarettes on the back seat. A later search turned up two more cartons in the trunk.
Each carton contained 50 bags of 200 illegal cigarettes, which gives a total of 60,000.
Each man claimed 30,000 of the cigarettes in court Wednesday which, given the fines and formulas mandated under the law, yielded fines totalling $23,018 each.
http://www.southshorenow.ca/newsnow/newsnow37107.php
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OPP Vehicle Stop Leads to the RCMP Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes -ON
Transmitted by CNW Group on : November 5, 2008 14:53
INGLESIDE, ON, Nov. 5 /CNW/ – A 29 year old male resident from Cornwall, Ontario faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after he was arrested during a vehicle stop by the Ontario Provincial Police.
On November 1st, 2008, officers stopped a 2001 Ford F150 pick-up truck speeding on Highway 401 westbound near Ingleside, Ontario. The officer observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the cargo area of the pick-up truck and contacted the Cornwall RCMP to assist. RCMP officers seized 1,287 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 257,400 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver was placed under arrest, it was later determined that he was also wanted by Cornwall Community Police Service on an outstanding warrant. The driver will appear in court on the tobacco charges at the Cornwall court on December 8th, 2008.
“The largest source of illegal tobacco in Canada originates from manufacturing operations located on Aboriginal Territory based on the United States side of Akwesasne, in Kahnawake Quebec and Tyendinaga and Six Nations in Ontario”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “Not all manufacturing operations in these communities are illegal, and not all community members support the illegal operations which may be occurring within their communities”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2008/05/c5381.html
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Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Vehicle Stop leads to the RCMP Seizure of Cigarettes
Nov 3, 008
CORNWALL, ON, Nov. 3 /CNW/ – On October 31st, 2008, an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service observed a 1999 Chevrolet Venture van travel from Akwesasne, Ontario towards Cornwall. The officer observed the driver park the van on Inverness Avenue in Cornwall and flee on foot. The officer then observed cardboard boxes of cigarettes inside the van and contacted the Cornwall RCMP Detachment to assist. RCMP officers seized 1,500 resealable bags of cigarettes that represent 300,000 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States. Officers also seized the van. The driver was not located and the investigation continues.
“In this investigation the officer was conducting a trespassing on an Indian Reserve offence when the driver fled from his vehicle,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “We will continue to ensure our communities remain safe from suspicious activities.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2008/03/c4445.html
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RCMP, OPP and CBSA Joint Operations Lead to the Seizure of Contraband Tobacco Products
Oct 31, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 31 /CNW/ – Two Cornwall residents and two residents from the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory are facing charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped as a result of a joint operation between the Cornwall RCMP Detachment, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
On October 29th, 2008, at approximately 1:00 p.m., CBSA officers observed a 2005 Dodge Ram travel from Akwesasne, Ontario. The vehicle was followed and subsequently stopped by an OPP officer on Highway 401 eastbound. As the OPP officer approached the driver, the vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed and the OPP officer followed. The driver then drove into the median to avoid being stopped and abandoned the vehicle at a marina located in South Glengarry, Ontario. The driver and passenger fled the area and were not located. RCMP officers were contacted to assist and seized the vehicle as well as 15 garbage bags containing 302.8 kilograms of fine cut tobacco. The investigation continues.
On October 29th, 2008, at approximately 9:20 p.m., OPP officers were conducting a RIDE operation in the area near Highway 401 and McConnell Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario when the officers observed a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria that was transporting cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes. The RCMP were contacted to assist and officers seized 1,000 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes that represents 200,000 cigarettes. The 24 year old male driver from Snye, Quebec was arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court on December 8th, 2008. He was also issued a Highway Traffic Act offence ticket by the OPP for failing to surrender a driver’s licence.
On October 29th, 2008, at approximately 9:30 p.m., OPP officers observed a 1998 Mercury Sable that was transporting cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes during the same RIDE operation. RCMP officers were contacted to assist and they seized 998 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes that represent 199,600 cigarettes. They also seized the vehicle. The 21 year old male driver from Cornwall, Ontario was arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court on December 8th, 2008.
On October 29th, 2008, at approximately 9:45 p.m., OPP officers stopped a 2000 Buick Lesabre on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. The officer observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle. Officers from the RCMP were contacted to assist and seized 1,000 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes that represent 200,000 cigarettes. The vehicle was also seized. The 23 year old female driver from Akwesasne, Ontario was arrested and released to appear at the Alexandria court on December 3rd, 2008.
Finally, on October 30th, 2008, at approximately 9:15 a.m., OPP officers stopped a 2004 Ford F250 pick-up truck on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. The driver provided a false name to the OPP officer while being questioned and the officer also observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the cargo area of the truck. RCMP officers were contacted to assist and seized the vehicle and 2,500 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes that represent 500,000 cigarettes. The 30 year old male driver from Cornwall, Ontario was arrested and released and will appear at the Alexandria court at a later date.
“Although the illicit tobacco market in Ontario and Quebec is dominated by baggies, the region has seen an increase in activity from all sources of contraband tobacco”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “Presence of tobacco-related organized crime activities is also predominant in Ontario and Quebec, because forty-two criminal organizations directly linked to contraband tobacco activities operate in the Cornwall/Valleyfield region alone”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/31/c3723.html
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RCMP/CBSA Joint Investigation Leads to the Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
Oct 30, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 30 /CNW/ – A 37 year old female resident of Akwesasne, Quebec faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after she was arrested during a joint investigation involving the Cornwall RCMP Detachment and the Canada Border Services Agency.
On October 28th, 2008, officers observed a 1999 Chevrolet Impala travel from Akwesasne, Ontario. The vehicle was followed on an unusual route throughout Cornwall and was eventually stopped by the RCMP officers on Highway 401 eastbound in Cornwall, Ontario. The RCMP officers searched the vehicle and seized 1,269 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 253,800 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at the Cornwall court on December 8th, 2008. The RCMP also seized the vehicle.
“The RCMP develops, supports and employs innovative law enforcement models, such as Program ACCESS, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Joint Investigative Team and SHIPRIDER, to target and disrupt smuggling and distribution networks, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “The RCMP also conducts coordinated surge enforcement operations in high-risk locations to disrupt the contraband tobacco supply chain. Resources are temporarily deployed from other regions of Canada to support these short-term operations”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/30/c3334.html
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Cops seize illegal cigarettes in Drummondville
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Gazette
DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC- RCMP officers with the Centre du Québec- Mauricie detachment seized 402,000 contraband cigarettes in Drummondville, about 95 kilometres east of Montreal.
As part of the same investigation, Customs and Excise officers seized a vehicle and $1,340.00 in cash.
Two men and a woman were arrested and later released. The suspects could face charges under the Excise Act, police said.
Anyone with information concerning contraband cigarettes or drugs can contact their local RCMP detachment. All calls are confidential.
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=48b492d5-44b6-4d32-9cc5-9a713aec7baa
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RCMP, CBSA and OPP Joint Investigation Leads to the Seizure of Contraband Cigarettes
Oct 28, 2008
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 28 /CNW/ – A 48 year old female resident of Cornwall, Ontario faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after she was arrested during a joint investigation involving the Cornwall RCMP Detachment, Canada Border Services Agency and the Ontario Provincial Police.
On October 27th, 2008, officers observed a 2000 Chrysler Concorde travel from Akwesasne, Ontario. The vehicle was followed to County Road 18 in South Glengarry, Ontario where it was stopped with the assistance of the OPP. The Cornwall RCMP officers, who were on the scene, searched the vehicle and seized 1,000 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 200,000 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at the Alexandria court on December 3rd, 2008. The RCMP also seized the vehicle.
“In partnership with clients, partners, and the community, the RCMP enforces laws, within Canada and along the uncontrolled border, that govern the international movement of goods; the illicit manufacture, distribution or possession of contraband products including tobacco and spirits; the illicit trafficking of critical high technology and strategic goods; and regulations that impose non-tariff controls on the international movement of commodities”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/28/c2179.html
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Vehicle Stops by the Cornwall Community Police Service and the OPP leads to RCMP seizure of Fine Cut Tobacco
Oct 24, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 24 /CNW/ – Three Cornwall, Ontario residents are facing charges for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under the Excise Act 2001 following vehicle stops by the Cornwall Community Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.
On October 22nd, 2008, an officer from the Cornwall Community Police Service stopped a 1998 Dodge Durango in a commercial parking lot in Cornwall, Ontario as the licence plate was expired. When the officer approached the driver, he observed clear garbage bags of fine cut tobacco. Cornwall RCMP officers were contacted to assist and seized 15 garbage bags containing 332.73 kilograms of fine cut tobacco. The vehicle was also seized. A 20 year old female driver and 21 year old female passenger were arrested and later released to appear at the Cornwall court on December 1st, 2008. The driver was also issued a Highway Traffic Act ticket by the Cornwall Community Police Service for using a licence plate not authorized for the vehicle and driving while under suspension.
Later on the same date, officers from the OPP stopped a 2005 Cadillac Escalade on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario that had an expired licence plate. The officer approached the driver and observed several garbage bags of fine cut tobacco inside the vehicle. Cornwall RCMP members were contacted to assist and seized the bags that contained fine cut tobacco which totaled 419.2 kilograms. The vehicle was also seized. The 43 year old male driver was arrested and released to appear at the Alexandria court on December 3rd, 2008. The driver was also issued a ticket by the OPP for the expired licence plate.
“The fine cut tobacco that we seize is believed to be processed in the United States and then smuggled into Canada”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “The Cornwall RCMP has seized 24,972.60 kilograms of fine cut tobacco between January and September 2008”.
<< Pictures of the seizure can be found at:
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/press/news_e.htm
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/24/c9318.html

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Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Vehicle Stop leads to the RCMP Seizure of Cigarettes
Oct 22, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 22 /CNW/ – A 35 year old Cornwall, Ontario male faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped following a vehicle stop by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.
On October 20th, 2008, an officer stopped a 1993 Chevrolet pick-up truck on Cumberland Street in Cornwall, Ontario after it had failed to yield at two traffic signals. The officer approached the driver and discovered that the truck was transporting cardboard boxes of cigarettes. Cornwall RCMP members were contacted to assist and they seized 1,250 resealable bags of cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States. This represents a total of 250,000 cigarettes. Officers also seized the vehicle. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at the Cornwall court on December 1st, 2008. The driver was also issued tickets for Highway Traffic Act offences by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for failing to yield at a traffic signal and driving with no licence.
“Sharing resources provides law enforcement agencies more leverage to ensure the public is safe on our roadways,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/22/c8518.html
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Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Vehicle Stops lead to the RCMP Seizure of Cigarettes and Fine Cut Tobacco
Oct 21, 2008
AKWESASNE, ON, Oct. 21 /CNW/ – A 29 year old Cornwall, Ontario male faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped following a vehicle stop by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service and the RCMP investigate another tobacco seizure where the driver fled on foot.
On October 15th, 2008, an officer observed a 1998 GMC Cargo van that had an expired licence plate. The officer stopped the van in a commercial parking lot in Akwesasne, Ontario. When the officer spoke to the driver, he observed cigarettes inside the van. Cornwall RCMP members were contacted to assist and they seized 2,101 resealable bags of cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States. This represents a total of 420,200 cigarettes. Officers also seized the vehicle. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at the Cornwall court on November 20th, 2008. The driver was also issued tickets for Highway Traffic Act offences by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service for using a licence plate not authorized for the vehicle, driving a motor vehicle without a permit, driver failing to surrender a licence, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, driving a motor vehicle in contravention of conditions and using a defaced validation sticker.
On October 19th, 2008, an officer observed a 1998 Pontiac Transport van travel from Akwesasne, Ontario towards Cornwall. When the driver of the van observed the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service officer, the driver turned around to travel in the opposite direction and ended up taking the van into a ditch on Seymour Street in Akwesasne, Ontario. The driver then fled on foot. Officers from the Cornwall RCMP detachment were contacted to assist and they seized 19 garbage bags containing a total of 386.2 kilograms of fine cut tobacco that was located inside the van. The van was also seized. The investigation continues and the driver was not located.
“Police presence within our communities often prevents the continuation of criminal activity,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “There is a wealth of intelligence gathered from abandoned vehicles which police agencies use to tie a particular seizure to a particular organization to assist other active investigations.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/21/c8140.html
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Cornwall RCMP Detachment Seize 304,000 Contraband Cigarettes
Oct 10, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 10 /CNW/ – A 32 year old Cornwall, Ontario woman faces an Excise Act 2001 charge for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after the Cornwall RCMP Detachment stopped a pick-up truck she was driving in Cornwall, Ontario.
On October 10th, 2008, officers observed a 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up truck travel from Akwesasne, Ontario which they subsequently stopped on Water Street in Cornwall, Ontario. Officers seized 1,400 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes, 60 cartons of Bronco Full Flavor brand cigarettes and 60 cartons of Bronco Lights brand cigarettes. This represents 304,000 contraband cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The pick-up truck was also seized. The driver was arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court on November 20th, 2008.
“There are 105 organized crime groups currently known to be involved in the illicit tobacco trade”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “All levels of organized crime are involved – from small ‘mom and pop’ operations to sophisticated, internationally connected operations.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/10/c5302.html
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Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Vehicle Stop leads to the RCMP Seizure of 199,800 Cigarettes
Oct 8, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 8 /CNW/ – A 45 year old Cornwall, Ontario woman faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped following a vehicle stop by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.
On October 7th, 2008, an officer observed a 1997 Chrysler Stratus driving erratically  in Akwesasne, Ontario. The officer stopped the vehicle on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario and observed resealable bags of cigarettes inside the vehicle. Cornwall RCMP members were contacted to assist and they seized 999 resealable bags of cigarettes, believed to have been manufactured in the United States. Officers also seized the vehicle. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at the Cornwall Court House on November 10th, 2008.
“The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service and the RCMP work together on a daily basis”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP’s Cornwall Detachment.  “Sharing resources and intelligence provides us more leverage in enforcing the laws within our communities”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/08/c4485.html
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RCMP/CBSA Joint Operation Leads to the Seizure of Fine Cut Tobacco
Oct 7, 2008
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 7 /CNW/ – A 24 year old female resident of Akwesasne, Ontario faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped after she was arrested during a joint operation involving the Cornwall and Kingston RCMP Detachments and the Canada Border Services Agency.
On October 4th, 2008, officers observed a vehicle depart Akwesasne, Ontario. This vehicle was stopped by the RCMP on County Road 18 near Apple Hill, Ontario. Cornwall RCMP officers searched the vehicle and seized 584.6 kilograms of fine cut tobacco found in 45 garbage bags believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at the Alexandria Court House on November 5th, 2008. The RCMP also seized the vehicle.
“We believe that fine cut tobacco is being smuggled into Canada to supply illegal tobacco manufacturers who produce cigarettes or pouches of tobacco for sale primarily at smoke shacks located within Aboriginal communities”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “Organized crime is often involved in the illegal tobacco trade and as a result, public safety is undermined”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/07/c4013.html
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RCMP/CBSA/O.P.P. Joint Operation leads to the seizure of Fine Cut Tobacco and Bottles of Alcohol
Oct 6, 2008
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 6 /CNW/ – A joint operation involving the Cornwall and Kingston RCMP Detachments, Canada Border Services Agency, and the Ontario Provincial Police resulted in the seizure of contraband fine cut tobacco and bottles of alcohol.
On October 3rd, 2008, officers observed two vehicles depart Akwesasne, Ontario. These vehicles were subsequently stopped by the O.P.P. on Highway 401 eastbound near Lancaster, Ontario. RCMP officers seized 199.5 kilograms of fine cut tobacco found in 8 garbage bags believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver, a 27 year old male resident of Hogansburg, New York, and his passenger, a youth who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, were questioned and released. The driver of the second vehicle, a 24 year old resident of Akwesasne, Ontario was also questioned
In a second incident, officers observed another vehicle depart Akwesasne, Ontario, eastbound on Highway 401. It was subsequently stopped by officers from the O.P.P. near Lancaster, Ontario. The vehicle was searched and RCMP officers seized sixty-six bottles of contraband Rikaloff Vodka, forty-two bottles of contraband Canadian Leaf Whiskey and thirty-six bottles of contraband Port Royal West Indies Rhum. It is believed that this alcohol was manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver, a 34 year old female resident of Ottawa, Ontario and her passenger, a 36 year old female resident of Akwesasne, Ontario were questioned and released.
“Recognizing the multi-jurisdictional nature of tobacco control, the RCMP works with a variety of partners at all levels of government, domestically and internationally, in developing strategies to address the illicit tobacco market,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “The seizure of alcohol smuggled into Canada from the United States is more common close to the holiday season due to the public demand.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/06/c3601.html
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Cornwall RCMP Detachment Seize 258,400 Contraband Cigarettes
Oct 3, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 3 /CNW/ – A 23 year old male resident of Cornwall, Ontario faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under the Excise Act 2001 following an investigation by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment.
On October 2nd, 2008, at 6:37 p.m., officers observed a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo travel from Akwesasne, Ontario that was subsequently stopped on Queen Street in Cornwall, Ontario. RCMP officers observed several resealable bags of contraband cigarettes on the rear seat of the vehicle. Officers seized 1,292 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 258,400 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The vehicle was also seized. The driver and registered owner of the vehicle was arrested and released to appear at the Cornwall court on November 10th, 2008.
“The sale of contraband tobacco products does not represent any medium or long-term benefit for anyone except the individuals making profits”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “There are negative health, economic and public safety consequences for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/03/c3008.html
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Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Vehicle Stop Leads to the RCMP Seizure of 300,000 Cigarettes
Oct 3, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 3 /CNW/ – A 39 year old Cornwall, Ontario man faces a charge under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped following a vehicle stop by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.
On October 3rd, 2008, at 7:15 a.m., officers stopped a 1999 GMC Sierra pick-up truck travelling in Akwesasne, Ontario which failed to stop properly at an intersection. Officers stopped the truck on Seventh Street West in Cornwall and detected a strong odour of tobacco coming from the truck. Members of the RCMP’s Cornwall Detachment attended to assist and seized 1,500 bags of cigarettes which represents a total of 300,000 cigarettes that are believed to have been manufactured in the United States.
The truck was also seized. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at the Cornwall court on November 6th, 2008. He was also issued tickets by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police for incorrect information on his driver’s licence and failing to complete a proper stop.
“Our primary concern is public safety,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “We will continue to ensure that our communities remain safe from those who disobey the rules of the road.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/03/c3265.html
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OPP Vehicle Stop Leads to RCMP Seizure of 200,000 Contraband Cigarettes
Oct 2, 2008
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW/ – A 20 year old female resident of Akwesasne, Quebec faces a charge for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under the Excise Act 2001 after the Ontario Provincial Police stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Impala on Highway 401 eastbound in South Glengarry, Ontario. This vehicle stop resulted in the RCMP making a seizure of 1,000 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes representing 200,000 cigarettes that are believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada.
On October 1st, 2008 at 4:41 p.m., an OPP officer stopped the vehicle which was in contravention of the Highway Traffic Act. The officer approached the vehicle and observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes in the rear seat. RCMP officers from the Cornwall Detachment were contacted to assist which resulted in the seizure of 1,000 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the Chevrolet Impala. The driver was arrested and later released to appear at the Alexandria court on November 5th, 2008. She was also issued several tickets by the OPP for not having the proper permits for the vehicle and driving with no licence.
“Public safety and security is our fundamental priority” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “The contraband tobacco trade is without a doubt lucrative, especially to heads of the criminal organizations involved, who sometimes use their profits to fund additional illegal activity such as drug trafficking and firearms smuggling. That concerns us. It has a negative impact on our communities, undermines the legitimate market and our governments lose revenue”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/02/c2668.html
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RCMP seizes boat with 350,000 contraband cigarettes
Oct 2, 2008
AKWESASNE, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW/ – On September 30th, 2008, the Cornwall RCMP Detachment seized 1,750 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 350,000 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada.
At 9:58 p.m., officers deployed in a marine vessel observed three unidentified males transferring cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes from a 20 foot Patriot MP boat into a pick-up truck located on the south shore of Cornwall Island in Akwesasne, Ontario. When officers approached, the three males jumped into the truck and fled the scene. The men were not located. RCMP officers seized 1,750 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as a 20 foot Patriot MP boat with a Mercury Pro XS 250 horse power engine. The investigation continues.
“The demand for cheaper tobacco products is evident by the increased number of locations where illegal tobacco products can be purchased” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “We are seeing the product sold from smoke shacks and shops, independent distributors and home delivery”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/02/c2612.html
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OPP vehicle stops lead to three Cornwall residents arrested for possession contraband cigarettes
Oct 1, 2008
SOUTH GLENGARRY, ON, Oct. 1 /CNW/ – Three Cornwall residents were arrested for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped under the Excise Act 2001 after the Ontario Provincial Police stopped two vehicles on Highway 401 eastbound near the Summerstown exit in South Glengarry, Ontario. This resulted in the RCMP seizure of 1,818 resealble bags of contraband cigarettes representing 363,600 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada.
The first stop occurred on September 30th, 2008 at 8:30 a.m., when OPP officers stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Impala for committing infractions under the Highway Traffic Act. The officers approached the vehicle and observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes in the rear seat. RCMP officers from the Cornwall RCMP Detachment were contacted to assist. The RCMP seized 968 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the Chevrolet Impala. The 40 year old female driver was arrested for this incident and the investigation continues. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant with regards to a similar charge as well as for failing to appear in court for a Kingston RCMP investigation. She was held in custody and transported to the Brockville court for a Bail Hearing.
The second stop occurred later the same day at 2:45 p.m. when OPP officers stopped a 1997 Oldsmobile LSS for an infraction under the Highway Traffic Act. When the officers approached the driver, they observed clear resealable bags of contraband cigarettes inside the vehicle. Cornwall RCMP members were contacted to assist. RCMP officers seized 850 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the Oldsmobile. The 21 year old female driver and registered owner of the vehicle as well as the 22 year old female passenger were both arrested by the RCMP and were later released to appear at the Alexandria court on November 5th, 2008. The driver was also issued a ticket by the OPP for being a prohibited driver.
“The largest impact on Canadians, including Aboriginal communities, is the prevalence and ongoing involvement of organized crime in the contraband tobacco market,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “Organized crime affects Canadians’ basic rights to peace and order which erodes the respect for the law. This minimizes the serious consequences of this type of criminal activity.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2008/01/c2221.html
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Cornwall RCMP Detachment seize 430,000 contraband cigarettes
CORNWALL, ON, Sept. 30 /CNW/ – On September 29th, 2008, the Cornwall RCMP Detachment seized 2,150 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 430,000 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada.
The first seizure occurred at 1:53 p.m., when officers deployed in a marine vessel observed a male throwing cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes into the St. Lawrence River from a boat located on the south side of Cornwall Island in Akwesasne, Ontario. When officers approached, the male fled on foot and could not be located. RCMP officers seized 750 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as a Suncruiser boat with a Johnson 175 horse power engine. The investigation continues.
The second seizure occurred at 7:38 p.m., when officers observed a 1999 Pontiac Montana van travelling from Akwesasne, Ontario towards Cornwall. Officers observed the van travel at a high rate of speed and the driver stopped on Headline Road in South Stormont, Ontario where he fled on foot. The driver was not located. RCMP officers seized 1,400 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes as well as the van. This investigation also continues.
“Currently, the largest proportion of contraband tobacco seized by the RCMP originates from illicit manufacturers on the United States side of the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “The Cornwall/Valleyfield area is the hub of extensive smuggling activities between ports of entry. While some of these products may be legitimately produced in the United States, they presently do not meet the proper importing requirements or comply with all applicable Canadian legislation in order to be sold on the domestic market.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2008/30/c9739.html
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Cornwall RCMP detachment seizes 140,000 contraband cigarettes
Sept 26, 2008
SOUTH STORMONT, ON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ – A 38 year old Long Sault, Ontario man faces charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of unstamped tobacco following an investigation by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment.
On September 25th, 2008, at 1:38 p.m., officers observed a 2003 Pontiac Montana van travel from Akwesasne, Ontario and was subsequently stopped on County Road 2 in South Stormont, Ontario. RCMP officers observed cardboard boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the van. Officers seized 700 resealable bags of contraband cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States and smuggled into Canada. The driver was arrested and released to appear in Cornwall court on October 30th, 2008. The van was also seized.
“Contraband tobacco that is smuggled from the United States ends up largely in smoke shacks located in some Canadian Aboriginal communities” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP. “Street dealers also partake and increasingly concerning is that certain retailers have been involved in the distribution of contraband”.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2008/26/c8733.html
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Akwesasne Mohawk police service vehicle stop leads to RCMP seizure of 250,000 cigarettes
Sept 23, 2008
AKWESASNE, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ – A 19 year old Akwesasne, New York man and a 22 year old Hogansburg, New York woman are facing charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped following a vehicle stop by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.
On September 22nd, 2008, at 8:40 p.m., officers observed a 2001 Ford Windstar travelling in Akwesasne, Ontario and appeared to be unsafe. The officer stopped the vehicle on Seventh Street in Cornwall, Ontario and when he approached the driver, he observed cardboard boxes of cigarettes. Members of the RCMP’s Cornwall Detachment attended to assist and seized 1,000 resealable bags of cigarettes, 250 cartons of Putter’s Light brand cigarettes as well as the van. This seizure represent a total of 250,000 cigarettes which are believed to have been manufactured in the United States. Both were released and are scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on November 10th, 2008.
“At times, many vehicles that carry a heavy load are unsafe to be travelling on our roadways,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP’s Cornwall Detachment. “Law enforcement agencies continue to work together to ensure that our roadways remain safe.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2008/23/c7647.html
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Joint Investigative Team vehicle stop leads to RCMP seizure of 250,000 cigarettes
Sept 23, 2008
CORNWALL, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ – A 30 year old Cornwall, Ontario man faces charges under the Excise Act 2001 for possession of a tobacco product not properly stamped following a vehicle stop conducted by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Joint Investigative Team.
On September 22nd, 2008, at 1:38 p.m., officers observed a 2004 Ford Freestar travelling in an unsafe manner in Akwesasne, Ontario. Officers observed seat head rests sitting on top of cardboard boxes. The driver continued to a commercial parking lot located on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ontario and the RCMP Detachment was contacted. Cornwall RCMP officers assisted in stopping the van and seized 1,250 resealable bags of cigarettes which represent a total of 250,000 cigarettes believed to have been manufactured in the United States. The van was also seized. The driver was arrested and later released and is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on October 31st, 2008.
“The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Joint Investigative Team works with the RCMP and other law enforcement partners to address cross border smuggling of contraband, including tobacco,” said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP’s Cornwall Detachment. “This integrated enforcement partnership currently has officers from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service and RCMP working together from the same office on a daily basis.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2008/23/c7657.html

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