Terrorists, criminals reap more than $43 billion a year from Latin America’s Tri-Border Area

Editor’s Note: See also The Crime-Terror Convergence: Countering Hezbollah’s Growing Criminal Empire in Latin America and Attacking Hezbollah’s Financial Network: Policy Options.

From: Homeland Security News Wire

Terrorists and criminals are able to pocket up to $800 million a week or $43 billion a year from activities taking place in Latin America’s Tri-Border Area (TBA), according to a new report. The TBA is the rugged area between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. It encompasses a river system stretching for 2,100 miles and crossing five countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Terrorists and criminals are able to pocket up to $800 million a week or $43 billion a year from activities taking place in Latin America’s Tri-Border Area (TBA), according to a new report released the other day by the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and Asymmetrica.

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NY Tells 2nd Circ. Native-Owned Tobacco Co. Flouted Tax Law

From: Law360

By Adam Lidgett

The state of New York on Tuesday told the Second Circuit that a lower court correctly barred a Native American-owned tobacco maker’s bulk sales of cigarettes within the state, saying the district court correctly found that the sale of cigarettes without tax stamps violates state tax law.

The state’s brief was filed in an appeal that sprung from a July 2016 decision in which King Mountain Tobacco Co. beat almost all of the federal claims, including claims under the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act and the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking…

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South African Revenue Service to reestablish teams to probe illicit tobacco trade

From: FIN24.com

Jan Cronje

Cape Town – The South African Revenue Service is in the process of reestablishing dedicated investigative teams to probe the illicit tobacco trade, the tax agency’s acting head Mark Kingon has said.

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“Historically SARS Project Honey Badger was managed under a unit called National Projects,” he said. “National Projects brought about the integration and coordination of various capabilities and dedicated teams to focus on specific areas in the illicit economy.”

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Polish officials seize millions of contraband cigarettes from China: report

From: Radio Poland

Police and customs officers have seized 18 million contraband cigarettes which arrived in Poland aboard two ships from China, according to reports.

Officers swooped after the ships docked at the northern Polish port of Gdańsk. They had sailed from two different Chinese ports, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

The cigarettes had a black market value of PLN 12 million (EUR 2.8 m, USD 3.3m), IAR reported, adding that they were found by customs officers using modern scanning equipment.

 

 

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Executive Briefing and Launch of the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index

From: The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) and the
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

Executive Briefing and Launch of the

Global Illicit Trade Environment Index

Thursday, 7 June, 10:00 – 13:00

Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU
Avenue de Cortenbergh 30, B-1040 Brussels

To register, please use the following link 
For further information, please send your enquiry to info@tracit.org

The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index

The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have the pleasure to invite you to an Executive Briefing on the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index. The event will be kindly hosted by the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU.

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