During the night of Thursday to Friday, officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Valleyfield Detachment, in partnership with the Sûreté du Québec ACCES Program, intercepted three tobacco smugglers on the shores of Saint-François Lake, in Saint-Anicet. The three suspects, all from the Huntingdon area, were arrested in possession of 1,260,000 illegal contraband cigarettes in Ziploc-type bags. All three smugglers could face charges under the Excise Act, 2001 and the provincialTobacco Tax Act.
This operation was conducted after officers observed two men, aged 22 and 41 respectively, carrying boxes of illegal cigarettes by boat in the middle of the night. They were joined by a third suspect, 53, as they were unloading the 126 boxes of illegal cigarettes contained in the boat. The officers then proceeded to arrest the three individuals.
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Two of them were arrested on site while the third attempted to flee the scene. He was quickly caught by the officers. The 41-year-old suspect is known to police for various offences committed in the Huntingdon area, including violence and drug trafficking.
More Arrests Last Night
Last night, four more smugglers, including a minor, were arrested in possession of illegal contraband cigarettes. These four suspects, aged between 17 and 42, were arrested as they were unloading a shipment of contraband tobacco on the shores of the St. Lawrence River at the tip of Penville Bay, in Rivière-Beaudette. A total of 600,000 cigarettes in Ziploc bags were seized by the officers. Charges relating to tobacco smuggling and conspiracy could be filed. One of the suspects could also be charged with obstructing a police officer.
It should be noted that these two operations bring to 99 the number of persons arrested since January 1, 2010. During the same period, more than 39 million cigarettes were also seized by the officers of the RCMP Valleyfield Detachment.
Keep it simple; FIRST….show people the agreements where the Natives gave up the right to trade between Nations. SECOND…governments recognise the FACTS that tobacco was always tradional for Natives, thats why they issue tobacco quota’s to First Nations communities and bring a gift of tobacco when visiting their Leaders. When Sir Walter Raleigh brought the first tobacco seeds to the Crown; the Crown responding with this “I have seen gold turn into smoke, but never smoke turn into gold”. The governments knew this all along, and it is just another part of this web of lies and deception.