Big to­bacco bust

The Glengarry News - - News -

About 1,500 kilo­grams of con­tra­band to­bacco were seized by the Corn­wall Re­gional Task Force in South Glen­garry ear­lier this month.

Au­gust 4, while con­duct­ing sur­veil­lance on the St. Lawrence River near the On­tario-Québec bor­der ob­served a boat com­ing from the Lan­caster area and com­ing ashore near Rivière-Beaudette, Québec.

Two boat oc­cu­pants un­loaded garbage bags of fine cut to­bacco onto the shore. Two other in­di­vid­u­als were ob­served load­ing the bags into a mini-van. Po­lice ar­rested two peo­ple but the boat had al­ready left the area. The mini-van and 693 kilo­grams of fine cut to­bacco were seized.

Au­gust 7, mem­bers of the CRTF saw a 2015 Ford F-250 truck pulling into Whimpy's Ma­rina in Sum­mer­stown. Shortly af­ter the ve­hi­cle de­parted with two per­sons on board head­ing east on County Road 2 with a trailer and pon­toon boat in tow. An On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice unit ini­ti­ated a traf­fic stop near Fraser Point. Some 400 clear plas­tic bags con­taining con­tra­band fine to­bacco, weigh­ing 878 kilo­grams and 12 plas­tic bags con­taining four kilo­grams of cherry pipe to­bacco were found con­cealed in the boat. The con­tra­band to­bacco was se­creted un­der­neath the floor of the pon­toon boat's deck.

The truck, trailer, pon­toon boat and con­tra­band to­bacco were seized.

Donat Beaupré, 55, from Les Coteaux, Québec and Erick­son Beaupré- Preval, 23, from Mon­tréal Nord, were charged with pos­ses­sion of fine cut to­bacco un­der the Ex­cise Act and with pos­ses­sion of un­marked cig­a­rettes. Mr. Beaupré- Preval is sched­uled to ap­pear in Corn­wall court Septem­ber 27 while Donat Beaupré is sched­uled to ap­pear in Alexan­dria court Oc­to­ber 12.

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