CRTF seizes tractor trailer loaded with 6 million contraband cigarettes

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CARDINAL — During a patrol in Hwy. 401 near Cardinal on March 26 around 10 p.m., the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) conducted a traffic stop of a westbound tractor trailer near the Cardinal exit. An inspection of the vehicle, a massive quantity of unstamped cigarettes were located in the trailer.

The driver, Gilles Beauregard, 62, of Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Quebec was arrested and charged under the Excise Act (2001) for Possession of Unstamped Tobacco.

Further investigation revealed that Mr. Beauregard was also at large on a Warrant of Arrest from the Cornwall Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arising from a similar incident in September 2013 where he was found to be in possession of 14,720 kilograms of raw leaf tobacco. Those charges are still before the court.

Beauregard was held in custody pending his bail hearing the following day. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 5.

“I wish to recognize the hard work and perseverance of the CRTF investigators involved in this case”, stated Insp. Sue Black, OIC Cornwall RCMP Detachment, adding “The valuable contribution of our law enforcement partners helped in preventing organized crime groups, operating in our communities, from profiting from this illegal commodity.”

The Excise Act (2001) empowers a Federal Law Enforcement officer “to stop, and inspect a conveyance in compliance with this Act. The officer may seize anything in relation to which the officer reasonably believes has contravened this Act”.

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.

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