Contraband smugglers using secret compartments

The Cornwall port of entry during winter. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – Law enforcement in the Cornwall-area have been finding their fair share of contraband tobacco in the most unlikely places.

In two cases in the last month, CBSA and Cornwall Regional Task Force members have found stashes of smokes in secret compartments.

In one case, CBSA officers found 14 cases sealed behind a wall inside a truck they pulled in for secondary inspection at the Cornwall port of entry on Sep. 16. A 49-year-old woman from Akwesasne has been charged.

In the other case, the task force marine unit stopped a pontoon boat on the St. Lawrence River on Sep. 17. Officers found six trap doors on the pontoons of the boat. There were 48 cases of contraband cigarettes stuffed inside those pontoons, say police. Two men, 24 and 44, both from Cornwall are facing charges.

In both cases, the truck, pontoon boat and the truck and trailer hauling the pontoon boat were seized.

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