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Police intercept trailer full of contraband tobacco

May 23, 2023  By Blue Line Staff / Royal Canadian Mounted Police

May 23, 2023, Cornwall, Ont. – The Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) seized an enclosed cargo trailer full of unstamped tobacco.

On Friday, May 12, members of the CRTF followed a Dodge Ram pickup truck pulling a trailer as it was leaving the Cornwall Port of Entry. Upon conducting the traffic stop under the authority of the Customs Act, the officers discovered that the trailer was full of unstamped tobacco.

The CRTF arrested the driver and seized a total of 1176 kilograms of unstamped tobacco, the Dodge Ram pickup truck and the trailer.

Maurice Reginald Tracy (58) of Cornwall has been charged by the RCMP with possession of unstamped tobacco, contrary to Section 32 (1) of the Excise Act, 2001; charged by the Ontario Ministry of Finance with possession of unmarked fine cut tobacco for sale, contrary to Section 29 (1) of the Tobacco Tax Act; and possession of unmarked fine cut tobacco, contrary to Section 29(2) of the Tobacco Tax Act.

The CRTF is a joint task force made up of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.

“The Cornwall Regional Task Force works diligently to target the underground economy, which is fuelled in part by the illicit smuggling of contraband tobacco. The effort made by all partner agencies of the CRTF helps keep our communities safe from the use and sale of unregulated tobacco products,” said Inspector Jamie McGowan, Acting Officer in Charge, O Division Border Integrity Program.

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