CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) landed a big bust when they stopped a tractor trailer loaded with loose leaf tobacco.
A tractor trailer heading to Cornwall on Sept. 13, netted police one of the largest contraband busts in years.
On Sept. 13, the SD&G OPP Commercial Vehicle Inspection (CVI) Unit pulled over a big rig as it headed into the McConnell exit entering Cornwall off Highway 401.
CRTF Sgt. Lee Côté said that the amount of loose leaf tobacco confiscated from the transport has an estimated value of $100,000 to $200,000.
"That's not something we see often from the Cornwall detachment," said Côté. "Around here, it's in the fine cut tobacco stage or it has been processed and ready to be sold as an illegal carton of cigarettes."
A 57-year-old male from St-Calixte, Quebec was arrested in connection to the massive quantity of contraband. Police have not identified the individual charged. He was released from custody pending a court appearance.
Côté was unable to comment if the driver is considered a small cog in a big wheel of organized crime in the Cornwall area due to an ongoing investigation.