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Public Safety Canada

November 10, 2006 11:00 ET

Minister Day Applauds RCMP Efforts to Crack Down on Contraband Cigarettes in New Brunswick and Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) - Today, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, released the following statement in response to news that the RCMP successfully dismantled a contraband tobacco smuggling ring in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and assisted in a joint enforcement effort to seize 550,000 illegal cigarettes in Ontario:

"The illicit market for contraband products creates significant social and economic impacts on our communities. Thanks to the close cooperation of enforcement agencies at local, provincial and federal levels, we are able to zero in on those who insist on breaking the law and undermine the safety of our communities," said Minister Day.

On Tuesday, November 7, the RCMP, the Fredericton Police Force and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) made several arrests following the discovery of a scheme to sell and distribute 2,400 cartons of contraband cigarettes from the Cornwall, Ontario, area in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The RCMP also worked closely with the OPP, the Ontario Ministry of Finance and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in a separate incident in Morrisburg, Ontario, to intercept 550,000 illegal cigarettes destined for the Toronto area.

"These operations demonstrate the hard work of our law enforcement community - across a number of jurisdictions - in fighting crime and keeping our streets safe," said Minister Day. "Canada's new government is committed to tackling crime and continues to take action to keep our communities safe," he added.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety and Emergency
    Preparedness Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    www.publicsafety.gc.ca.
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863