Police seize pickup with 650 kg of tobacco

In this provided photo, a Dodge pickup truck is jammed full with bags of fine cut contraband tobacco. The window has also been blacked out so outsiders can't figure out what's inside the truck. A 33-year-old Quebec man is facing an Excise Act charge. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

SUMMERSTOWN – The Cornwall Regional Task Force has seized a pickup truck loaded with over 650 kilograms (1,400 pounds) of tobacco.

The suspected contraband smuggler had gone so far as to tape out the back windows so cops and other curious people couldn’t see what was being carried.

But it was the driver’s speeding on April 29 that was his undoing as the truck was racing to Highway 401 to get away with fine cut tobacco picked up along the St. Lawrence River from a boat.

Officers caught the pickup as it was trying to take the eastbound ramp to the freeway.

Police seized 38 bags of tobacco and the 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

A 33-year-old man from Kahnawake, Que. is facing an Excise Act charge for possession of unstamped tobacco.

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