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100K illegal cigarettes, 199 marijuana plants seized by police near Alexandria

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Canada Border Services Agency, and the Ontario Ministry of Finance all worked together on the operation.
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Three men are facing charges after a massive illegal cigarette and marijuana bust in Glen Robertson, east of Alexandria.

After a number of months investigating, the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) intercepted a delivery of illegal tobacco in Alexandria and executed a search warrant in Glen Robertson on September 4.

This operation led to the arrest of Laurier Théoret, 70, from Alexandria, Jason Willard, 45, and Joseph Duchesneau, 66, both from Glen Robertson. 

Police seized:

  • 100,000 cigarettes 
  • 199 cannabis plants 
  • Springfield .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle
  • 2012 grey Dodge Caravan
  • Equipment related to the production of cannabis 

The police investigation is ongoing.

The three accused are facing charges under the Excise Act (2001) for Possession of Unstamped Tobacco and under the provincial Tobacco Tax Act.. Jason Willard is also facing charges for illegal production of marihuana under the Cannabis act, and unauthorized possession of a firearm under the Criminal Code. 

All three are scheduled to appear at the Cornwall Ontario Court of Justice on October 22, 2019.

The CRTF is a joint forces partnership that includes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Canada Border Services Agency, and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.   




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