Suspects sought after nearly 2,000kg of contraband tobacco dumped along St. Lawrence

File photo of contraband cigarettes.
File photo of contraband cigarettes. File/Global News

CORNWALL, Ont. – Police say they have seized close to 1,950 kilograms of contraband tobacco strewn on the shore of the St. Lawrence River but have yet to find who is responsible for dumping it there.

The Cornwall Regional Task Force, which monitors the border, says it found the tobacco on June 2 after spotting two boats travelling east along the river at high speed.

It says the boats and their occupants fled before police arrived at the site in Riviere-Beaudette, a Quebec municipality bordering Ontario.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward.

The task force is a partnership between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.

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