Starting today until June 1, the members of the RCMP Central St. Lawrence Valley Detachment, in partnership with the Sûreté du Québec, will be present on Highway 132 in the Valleyfield area and on Highway 138 in the Ormstown area to raise public awareness about the use and traffic of illegal tobacco.
The RCMP would like to alert motorists using this road that traffic slowdowns could result from this operation. The awareness campaign will take place on a sporadic basis at different times of day. The officers ask for public cooperation to ensure that this operation that aims at disrupting the activities of criminal organizations in the area is carried out safely.
It is illegal to possess or sell tobacco products that are not packaged or stamped as required by Canadian law. In an effort to reduce demand, the RCMP uses various methods to raise public awareness of the consequences of buying contraband tobacco products. The illicit tobacco trade presents a serious and growing threat to public safety and health. People need to be aware that they are funding criminal activity when they purchase contraband tobacco products.
Appeal to the public
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is committed to leading an effective fight against tobacco smuggling and encourages citizens to report any information on suspected illicit activity by individuals or groups to the RCMP investigators at 450-377-3223. All tips will be kept confidential