CRTF arrests seven
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff Members of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) seized approximately 2,300 kg of contraband fine-cut tobacco and arrested seven people following the conclusion of three investigations in August.
In each case, the illicit product was transported by suspects’ vessels along the St. Lawrence River to various shoreline properties where it was unloaded and transferred to awaiting vehicles.
The seven suspects – four males and three females, ranging in age from 18 to 42 – are either residents of Ontario or Quebec.
Each was charged under the provisions of the federal Excise
and may also face charges under the provincial
for possession of unmarked cigarettes.
Police did not release their places of residence or names since charges are still pending in Quebec.
Besides the tobacco, a number of vehicles, including a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, were seized as well.
In addition to the aforementioned cases, the CRTF were also called to Cornwall’s Port of Entry (POE) on two separate occasions last month to process fine-cut contraband tobacco cases involving domestic travellers.