Contraband tobacco seized near Walpole Island
Two Americans were arrested, as United States and Canadian officials teamed up to seize 690 kilograms of contraband tobacco on Walpole Island on Sept. 3.
In a press release the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that the arrests were due to an integrated cross border investigation. Federal investigators with the Windsor Detroit Shiprider team arrested two United States citizens for Criminal Conspiracy and Excise Act 2001 offences. They seized 690 kilograms of contraband tobacco and also seized approximately $1,700 US, a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder and a 1993 24 foot Bayliner vessel.
The tobacco has a retail value of about $485,000.
The Shiprider program uses joint patrols with specially trained U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian law enforcement officers to enforce maritime laws across borders.
Shiprider investigators received information on Sept. 3 from the United States Border Patrol that there was possible movement of contraband from United States to Canada through Lake St. Clair.
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