CRTF nabs over 3,000 kilos of tobacco

Garbage bags of fine cut contraband tobacco. (RCMP via Newswatch Group, File)

BAINSVILLE – A boat zipping across the St. Lawrence River in early December at night with no lights was the first clue for Cornwall Regional Task Force members that something was up.

After the boat with two people on board stopped on the shoreline near County Road 2 in Bainsville, officers found over 3,000 kilograms of contraband tobacco.

Moments later a pickup truck showed up at the scene to collect the goods and that’s when officers made their arrests.

One of the suspects bolted on foot while the other took off in the truck. CRTF officers were able to catch the man on foot and later arrested the second man at his home.

Police collected 116 garbage bags of fine cut tobacco with a total weight of 3,330 kilograms.

The names of both the suspects, who will be in an Alexandria court March 4, can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Details of the Dec. 9 arrests were released Thursday as part of the CRTF’s monthly report.

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