CRTF ar­rests seven

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News Act Act To­bacco Tax

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.

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