Contraband cigarette seller busted at home

In this June 2014, file photo, the RCMP show off baggies of contraband tobacco seized by their officers. (RCMP via Newswatch Group, File)

CORNWALL – Usually the Cornwall Regional Task Force is making busts along the St. Lawrence River but officers made one of their latest arrests at a house.

Local RCMP said they received information Sept. 2 about a man selling contraband cigarettes out of his home.

Officers staked out the place and saw a pickup truck drop off a couple garbage bags.

That’s when officers moved in and arrested the resident – a 55-year-old man from Cornwall – as well as the driver of the truck – a 59-year-old man from Akwesasne.

Officers also recovered two garbage bags with 117 cartons of contraband cigarettes.

The truck – a 2010 Chevy Silverado – was also seized.

Both men will be in court next month to face Excise Act charges.

The case in the latest in a monthly report from the CRTF which saw the truck, two boats, three boat motors, 1,196 kilograms of fine cut tobacco and 51 cases of contraband tobacco seized in August and September. A total of five people were arrested.

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