Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.
$175,000 of contraband tobacco seized near Cornwall
Members of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) were up early, in the morning of June 2. Working hand in hand with members from Valleyfield RCMP and Sûreté du Quebec, they observed two boats traveling east on the St. Lawrence River at a high rate of speed.
The boats landed ashore in the Rivière-Beaudette, Quebec area. As officers converged to the shoreline area to investigate the activity, they noticed that the contraband which had been strewn on shore and the vessels, with their occupants, had already departed.
During the investigation, 126 bags of contraband fine cut tobacco weighing a total of 1,948 kilograms were seized. The investigation is still ongoing. “We often get asked by the public what the value is of these types of contraband seizures”, said Constable Jean Juneau, Media Relations Officer with the CRTF. “The estimated value of this particular seizure surpasses $175,000.00. As you can well imagine, this seizure is a significant loss for whoever organized and paid for the product they never received.”
The CRTF is a joint forces partnership that
includes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and the
Ontario Ministry of Finance. Pictured is Juneau, with the seized tobacco.