516 kg of tobacco seized, two men arrested in Summerstown

SUMMERSTOWN — A pair of Hogansburg, New York, teens are facing contraband tobacco-related charges after being arrested on the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Summerstown.

Investigators with the Cornwall Regional Task Force apprehended the pair after noticing suspicious activity along Chevrier Rd. Officers observed a boat, loaded with garbage bags of contraband tobacco,
being off loaded on the shore where two pickup trucks were waiting, according to police.

As officers approached the area, the boat and two occupants fled the scene, which police failed to stop. But two 18-year-old men remaining on shore didn’t get away.

Police say Blaze White  and Tylor Armstrong, both 18 and from Hogansburg, are charged for Possession of Unstamped Tobacco, pursuant to the Excise Act, 2001.

In addition to  516 kg of contraband fine-cut tobacco, police seized two pickup trucks, a 2007 GMC Canyon and a 2017 GMC Sierra, along with five electronic devices.  If found guilty, the men face a minimum fine of $139,401 and/or imprisonment.

The accused were released on a Recognizance to appear at the Cornwall Provincial Court on Oct. 24.

“Once again with the assistance of the public we were able to stop organized crime activity in our area,” said Sgt. Garry Belair, acting Operational NCO with the CRTF. “Following our June surge operation, community members have a better understanding of the importance in reporting
suspicious activities, and it’s working!”

Anyone with information regarding criminal activity in their area may contact the CRTF at 1-613-937-2800 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 


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