Huge to­bacco bust

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

The Corn­wall Re­gional Task Force (CRTF) ar­rested two sus­pects and seized more than 700 kilo­grams of con­tra­band to­bacco fol­low­ing op­er­a­tions along the shore­line of the St. Lawrence River in South Glen­garry on July 7.

CRTF mem­bers were on pa­trol when they spot­ted a boat without its nav­i­ga­tion lights on, trav­el­ling at a high rate of speed. Shortly there­after, the ves­sel made land­fall in the Bainsville area, where its oc­cu­pants un­loaded sev­eral large garbage bags into a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck. How­ever, when two sus­pects in the truck at­tempted to leave with their il­licit cargo, po­lice in­ter­cepted the ve­hi­cle.

Dur­ing a sub­se­quent search of the truck, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered 40 bags con­tain­ing 704 kilo­grams of un­stamped fine cut to­bacco, lead­ing to the ar­rests of Ni­co­las Primeau, 27, and Sébastien Soulières, 33 – both of Have­lock, Que.

Mr. Primeau and Mr. Soulières, both of whom were charged with pos­ses­sion of un­stamped to­bacco (un­der the fed­eral Ex­cise Act), and also may be charged un­der the provin­cial To­bacco Tax Act, are sched­uled to ap­pear in Corn­wall court on Septem­ber 10.

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