Yesterday morning, Valleyfield Detachment officers arrested two suspects as part of an investigation dubbed Project Cendrier. They face several criminal charges, including for possession of tobacco products not stamped in accordance with the Excise Act 2001, and for smuggling or attempting to smuggle merchandise in Canada contrary to the Customs Act.
The accused are:
- Shawn Lloyd VASCONCELOS, 30, of Valleyfield, Quebec; and
- Luc LÉGER, 49, of Bainsville, Ontario
They appeared in court yesterday in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
This operation was conducted with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Sûreté du Québec.
Project Cendrier targets individuals involved in tobacco smuggling, large-scale cannabis production and trafficking and cocaine trafficking. Last May, the RCMP arrested four subjects targeted by this investigation. The investigation is ongoing
Appeal to the Public
The illicit tobacco trade presents a threat to the health and safety of Canadians. It is illegal to possess or sell tobacco products that are not packaged or stamped as required by Canadian law. People need to be aware that they are funding criminal activity when they purchase contraband tobacco products.
If you have information on the sale of illegal tobacco products or other suspected illicit activity, please contact the RCMP at 1-800-771-5401.