Canadian Convenience Stores Association

Canadian Convenience Stores Association

June 21, 2013 15:25 ET

Convenience Stores Applaud Cornwall Regional Task Force for Major Contraband Tobacco Seizure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 21, 2013) - The Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) is applauding the Cornwall Regional Task Force for their leadership in investigating and dismantling a significant contraband tobacco smuggling ring. The RCMP led Project O-Titan seized 11, 615 cartons of cigarettes, firearms, 17 vehicles, two boats and more than 100 pounds of marijuana and $52,000 in Canadian currency. The operation also saw more than thirty-two people arrested and charged.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of this major investigation. The leadership by the RCMP and its law enforcement partners were successful in halting this major influx of illegal tobacco," said Alex Scholten, President of the CCSA. "It is important to note that the seizures included illegal drugs and weapons which is a very real and troubling aspect of the contraband tobacco trade and its connections to organized crime."

The CCSA has been actively working with Federal parliamentarians and the RCMP to communicate the importance of having additional dedicated officers and other federal resources, specifically in the Cornwall area. These resources will have a positive impact on efforts to fight the spread of contraband tobacco and the organized crime groups that profit from such activity.

Both the additional RCMP officers and introduction of mandatory minimum sentences for contraband offences were recommendations made in the Association's 2013 pre-budget submission, and were introduced by the Harper government as legislation in March of this year.

"Contraband tobacco poses a serious threat to community safety in all regions of Canada, and we will continue to support any and all efforts to eradicate this threat. We appreciate the support and recognition of the importance of this issue shown by the Harper government," said Scholten.

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