Big tobacco bust
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.