April 25, 2016

Major Joint Canada-U.S. Anti-Drug and Contraband Tobacco Operation Underway: Police Experts Available for Comment

From:  National Coalition against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT)

OTTAWA, Ontario, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As reported by numerous news organizations, in the wake of the currently ongoing Operation Mygale by Canadian and U.S. law enforcement in Quebec and Ontario against massive drug and contraband tobacco traffickers, the National Coalition against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) is making its spokesperson available for comment.

WHAT: Operation Mygale comment and contraband tobacco background information


Additional Details From Canadian Law Enforcement Officials:

Contraband Tobacco – Major Strike by the Sûreté du Québec and its Partners

30 March 2016

Quebec’s Provincial Police Crime against the state investigations Service through its Contraband Investigations Division, in collaboration with its Canadian and American partners, executed several search warrants and made several arrests this morning as part of project MYGALE.

Nearly 60 individuals belonging to a highly-structured criminal organization that is linked to outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG) and to First Nations organized crime were arrested. In addition to these arrests, nearly 70 searches were carried out in residences and businesses located mainly in greater Montreal and the Laurentides, Lanaudière, and Montérégie regions, as well as on the Kahnawake and Six Nations Ontario reserves.

The investigation suggests that individuals bought tobacco in the United States and imported it illegally into Canada via the border crossing stations of Lacolle, Lansdowne, and Fort Erie, in order to sell it on the Kahnawake territory in Quebec and Six Nations in Ontario.

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