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Police seize truck loaded with 6-million contraband cigarettes in Cardinal

The tractor trailer was headed westbound on Highway 401.

The Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) has charged a 62-year-old Quebec man after uncovering 6-million contraband cigarettes inside a tractor trailer in Cardinal.

Officers stopped a westbound truck on Highway 401 near Exit 730 on March 26, around 10 p.m., and upon inspection of the vehicle, they found a massive quantity of unstamped cigarettes in its trailer. 

The driver, Gilles Beauregard, 62, of Saint-Lin-Laurentides, was arrested and charged for possession of unstamped tobacco. 

Beauregard was also at large on an arrest warrant from the RCMP, arising from a similar incident in September 2013 when officers found 14,720 kilograms of raw leaf tobacco. Those charges are still before the court.  

Beauregard was held in custody pending his bail hearing on March 27. 

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 5.

"I wish to recognize the hard work and perseverance of the CRTF investigators involved in this case," stated Insp. Sue Black, OIC Cornwall RCMP Detachment.

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

She added, "The valuable contribution of our law enforcement partners helped in preventing organized crime groups, operating in our communities, from profiting from this illegal commodity."

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