$200K in cash seized in CRTF bust

CORNWALL – Police have taken in a big haul of cash during tobacco enforcement activities along the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall.

The Cornwall Regional Task Force released details this morning (Thursday) of their bust on March 31, 2016 where roughly $200,000 in American cash was seized.

Officers intercepted a man with a sports bag, walking away from a dock late at night after getting off a boat along the St. Lawrence River in the city’s east end.

A 23-year-old man from Akwesasne, N.Y. was arrested, accused of being in possession of property obtained by crime.

His name won’t be released until he is properly arraigned on the charges in court.

“Given the circumstances surrounding this shoreline interception, we believe that the monies seized were obtained through illicit activities,” said Inspector Steve Ethier, Officer in charge of the Cornwall Regional Task Force.

“Although it is unclear at this point where the cash was destined, it is highly probable that organized crime is involved. Seizing such a large sum of cash along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, under any circumstance, is not common place. By seizing this cash, we are disrupting organized crime activities,” he said.