Investigation Cendrier: Several arrests for trafficking illegal tobacco

December 12, 2017
Valleyfield, Quebec

News release


Some of the illegal tobacco seized.
Some of the money seized.
One of the boats used by the illegal tobacco smugglers was seized.
The illegal tobacco was concealed in the hold of the boat.

RCMP officers from the Valleyfield Detachment are currently arresting several individuals as part of Project Cendrier. A total of 16 individuals from Quebec, Ontario and the United States are targeted by today's operation. This strike dismantles a contraband tobacco network which operated primarily from the Akwesasne territory in New York State to the Kahnawake territory in Montérégie, via the Saint-François Lake waterway. Over 150 deliveries by boat were identified during the investigation.

Arrest warrants were issued for the following individuals:

In Quebec:

  • Frédéric Bordeleau-Beaupré, 21 yrs., from Rigaud
  • Simon Chevarie-Dudemaine, 32 yrs., from Boisbriand
  • Garett R. Cree, 39 yrs., from Kahnawake
  • Blaise Jaime Flores, 25 yrs., incarcerated in Bordeaux prison
  • Edward Lee Lachance, 29 yrs., from Montréal
  • Benoit Lamoureux, 36 yrs., from St-Bruno-de-Montarville
  • Julien Lavoie, 25 yrs., from Saint-Eustache
  • Wendy Mayo, 61 yrs., from Kahnawake
  • Carlos Nelson, 43 yrs., from Kanesatake
  • George Robertson, 48 yrs., from Kahnawake
  • Joseph Thompson, 31 yrs., from a halfway house in St-Alphonse-Rodriguez
  • Gaétan Joseph Tremblay, 54 yrs., from Akwesasne

In New York State:

  • Kenneth J. Cree, 41 yrs., from Hogansburg
  • Lawrence P. Jock, 24 yrs., from Hogansburg
  • John Lewis White, 45 yrs., from Hogansburg

In Ontario:

  • Daniel Macdonald, 24 yrs., from Lancaster

The accused individuals will appear today at the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield courthouse. They face several criminal charges, including possession of unstamped tobacco products under the Excise Act, 2001 and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Officers from the RCMP Detachment in Cornwall, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service assisted with today's operation. The RCMP was also assisted by the Sûreté du Québec and its partner police officers from the cities of Montréal, St-Eustache, Longueuil and Thérèse-De Blainville.

Project Cendrier – Background

Investigation project Cendrier targets individuals involved in contraband tobacco, the large-scale production and trafficking of cannabis, and the trafficking of cocaine in the Valleyfield region. Since the first wave of arrests on December 8, 2016, Cendrier resulted in the arrest of over thirty individuals involved in various smuggling activities. Over 230 kilograms of cocaine destined for the Montreal market were seized and nearly $320,000.

To see previous news releases:

In conjunction with Cendrier operations, an investigation targeting the trafficking of tobacco through the Port of Valleyfield and using the Saint-François Lake waterway led to the arrest of seven individuals in March 2017.

Public appeal

The sale of illegal tobacco is a health and safety risk for Canadians. The possession or sale of tobacco products that are not properly packaged and stamped is prohibited by law. By purchasing products derived from illegal tobacco, consumers are funding a criminal activity.

Do you have information on the illegal activities of individuals or groups of individuals involved in drug trafficking, the sale of illegal tobacco products or other illegal activities? Contact the RCMP at 1-800-771-5401 or your local police department.

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