UK Intellectual Property Office and partners fight organised crime

From: Gov.UK/Intellectual Property Office

New report recommends creation of Anti-Illicit Trade Group.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is set to become a key member of a new Anti-Illicit Trade Group. Members of the group include government, law enforcement, key associations and groups from industry. The new group will be set up following a recommendation from an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to consider the threat to the UK posed by illicit trade. This is defined as crimes relating to tobacco and alcohol, smuggling, counterfeiting and piracy and the illegal trade in pharmaceuticals.

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Judge trolls mobster in court: You’re no Michael Corleone

From: New York Post

By Kaja Whitehouse

“This does not suggest, like Al Pacino in ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Just when I thought I was out … they pull me back in,’ ” Judge Richard Sullivan said, quoting one of the flick’s famous lines uttered by Pacino as mob boss Corleone.

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Sullivan sentenced O’Nofrio to two years and six months in prison for loansharking and selling contraband cigarettes.

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David M. Luna highlights how illicit trade poses many harms across the international community

From: Chicago Citizen

David M. Luna, President & CEO, Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC recently provided opening remarks at the China Global Trade Development Week (GTDW) held in Shanghai, China and chaired the “Brand Protection: Anti-Illicit Trade” (AIT) Workshop. At the workshop, Luna highlighted how illicit trade poses many harms across the international community.

Numerous international organizations have estimated that today’s global illicit markets, and various forms of “convergence crime”, account for several trillions of U.S. dollars every year, to include the trafficking of drugs, people (especially women and children), arms, counterfeit and pirated goods, illegal cigarettes and alcohol products, endangered wildlife, pillaged natural resources, and many other illicit commodities, corrupt proceeds and illicit financial flows.

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UN treaty against illicit tobacco trade takes effect September

From: Punch

A UN-backed treaty, known as the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, aimed at stopping the illicit trading of tobacco products, will enter into force on September 25,

The Secretariat of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC), said the Protocol marked a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to protect public health and strike back against the criminal organisations profiting from such deals.

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San Nicolas seeking ATF enforcement of MidPac tobacco tax issue

Editor’s Note: See also Sen. Michael San Nicolas (Guam Legislature) Calls on US ATF to Take Action Against Contraband Tobacco.

From: The Guam Daily Post

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Under Guam’s bonded warehouse system tobacco products can only be released from a locked warehouse in the presence of a revenue officer, after the tax has been paid.

“It is self-evident,” writes San Nicolas, “that contraband enforcement is necessary.”

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