Behind Closed Doors, Seventieth World Health Assembly to Focus on Boosting Illicit Tobacco Trade, Funding to Transnational Criminal Syndicates

Editor’s Note: See, Smoking out illicit trade: How some policies intended to limit smoking drive illegal trade.

From: Washington Examiner

Taxpayer-funded UN anti-tobacco convention closes out the press

by Kevin Mooney

Calling all media with an interest in healthcare policy, international relations and government accountability: The taxpayer-funded World Health Organization is holding a meeting in New Delhi next week that could have significant public policy ramifications. But you’re not invited.

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“The illicit trafficking of pirated music could fund terrorist operations against U.S. Soldiers abroad or against the U.S. homeland.”

From: InterAgency Journal 8-2 |The Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation

Plutonium and Picasso – A Typology of Nuclear and Fine Art Smuggling

by Joshua D. Foss

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Plain Packs: Helping Ease the Lives of Tobacco Traffickers

From: Talking Retail

Plain packs already boosting illicit tobacco trade, TMA survey finds

The introduction of plain packaging and the ban on small tobacco packs is already driving people to buy cheap, black market tobacco, according to a new survey by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA).

The findings come one day before new tobacco regulations come into force on 20 May, after which date retailers will only be able to sell tobacco in standardised packaging, in a minimum pack size of 20 for cigarettes and 30g packs for roll-your-own tobacco.

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Contraband Cigarettes: The Violence Increases, Even in New Zealand

From: Stuff.co.nz

Police respond to a lucrative and increasingly dangerous contraband – cigarettes

JONATHAN MILNE


CCTV footage of an aggravated robbery at the Kingsford Superette in Mangere, south Auckland.

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Robbers attacked the owner of Jellicoe Park Dairy with a screwdriver.

As the prices of cigarettes go up, they have become the primary target of many armed robbers. Never mind the cash in the till, they know they can sell cartons of cigarettes for big money in darkened corners of dodgy pubs.
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A Nexus to Violent Organized Crime: Virginia Gas Station Owner & Cigarette Trafficking

Editor’s Note: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prioritizes tobacco diversion cases with “a nexus to violent organized crime.” See ATF Fact Sheet here.

From: Department of Justice/U.S. Attorney’s Office—Eastern District of Virginia

Fredericksburg Gas Station Owner Pleads Guilty to Cigarette Trafficking

RICHMOND, Va. – A Fredericksburg man pleaded guilty today to participating in a conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes.

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