Investigation Cendrier: Several arrests for trafficking illegal tobacco

From: Canada Police Report

Valleyfield, Quebec – RCMP officers from the Valleyfield Detachment are currently arresting several individuals as part of Project Cendrier. A total of 16 individuals from Quebec, Ontario and the United States are targeted by today’s operation. This strike dismantles a contraband tobacco network which operated primarily from the Akwesasne territory in New York State to the Kahnawake territory in Montérégie, via the Saint-François Lake waterway. Over 150 deliveries by boat were identified during the investigation.

Arrest warrants were issued for the following individuals:

In Quebec:

  • Frédéric Bordeleau-Beaupré, 21 yrs., from Rigaud
  • Simon Chevarie-Dudemaine, 32 yrs., from Boisbriand
  • Garett R. Cree, 39 yrs., from Kahnawake
  • Blaise Jaime Flores, 25 yrs., incarcerated in Bordeaux prison
  • Edward Lee Lachance, 29 yrs., from Montréal
  • Benoit Lamoureux, 36 yrs., from St-Bruno-de-Montarville
  • Julien Lavoie, 25 yrs., from Saint-Eustache
  • Wendy Mayo, 61 yrs., from Kahnawake
  • Carlos Nelson, 43 yrs., from Kanesatake
  • George Robertson, 48 yrs., from Kahnawake
  • Joseph Thompson, 31 yrs., from a halfway house in St-Alphonse-Rodriguez
  • Gaétan Joseph Tremblay, 54 yrs., from Akwesasne

In New York State:

  • Kenneth J. Cree, 41 yrs., from Hogansburg
  • Lawrence P. Jock, 24 yrs., from Hogansburg
  • John Lewis White, 45 yrs., from Hogansburg

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