RCMP and OPP Seize Illegal Tobacco
THUNDER BAY – Crimebeat – Smoked cause they had them. A male from Quebec was arrested for having a semi-truck of unprocessed leaf tobacco. The arrest happened on Friday, Sept. 13th, 2013, at approximately 20:15EDT. The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G) OPP Commercial Vehicle Inspection (CVI) Unit had occasion to stop a tractor trailer for inspection.
“This illicit product was seized prior to being processed into contraband cigarettes for sale amongst the Canadian public. The profits from the sale of illicit cigarettes are often used to finance other criminal activities” stated Insp. Tim Kimpan, Officer in Charge of the Cornwall Regional Task Force. “I commend the members of the SD&G OPP Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit for their efforts and their assistance in this investigation. In partnership with our law enforcement partners, we are committed to a safer Canada”.
Further investigation by the OPP CVI members led to the massive seizure of unprocessed leaf tobacco.
Members of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) were then notified to attend and have taken over the investigation.
A 57 year old male from St-Calixte, Quebec was arrested in connection to this investigation. He cannot be identified as the charges have not yet been deposed in court. He was released from custody pending his court appearance.
The CRTF is a joint forces partnership that includes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency, Ontario Provincial Police, Cornwall Community Police Service and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.