CRTF seizes over a ton of tobacco at Cornwall shoreline

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CORNWALL — While conducting a border integrity operation, on November 13, officers with the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) observed the transfer of several large bags between a boat and a vehicle at the waterfront in the City of Cornwall. Police converged on the area and arrested Keith Seyeau, 43, and Jennifer Harries, 41, both residents of Cornwall. A total of 1,064 kilograms of contraband fine cut tobacco was seized along with a 2017 Dodge Ram truck.

In addition to Excise Act, 2001 charges, Seyeau and Harries are facing charges for breaching their respective probation orders. Both were held in custody and appeared in Cornwall Provincial Court on November 14. Seyeau remains in custody; his next court appearance will occur on November 23 via video-remand.  Harries was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Cornwall Provincial Court on December 4.

On November 15, Alexis McDougall, 36, of Ottawa, was arrested and charged with conspiracy for her involvement in the November 13 contraband seizure. McDougall also faces two breach of probation charges. McDougall remains in custody and will appear by video-remand on November 22. An unnamed male identified during this investigation remains at large. Investigators are continuing their investigation.

The individuals noted above, who have been charged under the provisions of the Excise Act, 2001, also face charges under the provincial Tobacco Tax Act for possession of unmarked cigarettes.

The CRTF is a joint forces partnership that includes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Canada Border Services Agency, and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.    

If you have any information regarding criminal activity in your area, you can contact the CRTF at 1-613-937-2800 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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