Two traffic stops result in seizure of 200,000 illegal cigarettes

Waterville, New Brunswick – Three men have been arrested in connection with two seizures of illegal cigarettes by the RCMP in New Brunswick.

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On May 30, around 2 p.m., West District RCMP and the RCMP Roving Traffic Unit stopped a vehicle during a checkstop on Highway 2 in Waterville, near the Hartland exit. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 60,000 illegal cigarettes. The driver, a 72-year-old man from Souris, P.E.I., was arrested and released pending a court date in September.

May 31 seizure in Saint-Jacques
May 31 seizure in Saint-Jacques
May 30 seizure in Waterville
May 30 seizure in Waterville

The next day, around 11 a.m., police stopped a different vehicle on Highway 2, in Saint-Jacques, N.B. near the Quebec border. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 140,000 illegal cigarettes. Two men, a 39-year-old and a 63-year-old, both from Saint John, were arrested and released pending a court date in September.

Police do not believe the two seizures are related.

RCMP in New Brunswick


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