The summit between Macri and Bolsonaro–Triple Frontier: Argentina seeks to reedit cooperation with Brazil, Paraguay and the United States

Editor’s Note: Translated from the Spanish original.

From: Clarin

It is to strengthen the security in the border area from where it is suspected that it leaves part of the funding for the terrorist group Hezbollah.

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Canadian traffic stop nets nearly 3 million smuggled smokes

From: Ottawa Citizen
Megan Gillis

A 64-year-old Quebec man is in jail pending a bail hearing after a traffic stop netted 2.96 million contraband cigarettes Monday.

A Napanee OPP officer stopped the U-Haul the man was driving on Highway 401 in Greater Napanee at about 12:45 p.m.

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FedEx Finalizes Settlement Over New York Cigarette Litigation

From: Morningstar.com

By Patrick Thomas

The New York Attorney General’s office said Monday that FedEx Corp. (FDX) finalized its agreement to pay about $35 million settlement regarding allegations that the parcel carrier shipped untaxed cigarettes.

Over a ten-year period, the Memphis, Tenn.-based shipping giant is alleged to have partnered with cigarette trafficking businesses to illegally ship hundreds of thousands of contraband cigarettes to New Yorkers, according to regulators.

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Italy breaks up migrant, jihadist, and cigarette smuggling ring run by Islamic State sympathizer

From: Reuters

Italy breaks up smuggling ring run by Islamic State sympathizer

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – Italian police seized eight men on Wednesday behind a speedboat smuggling ring that ran people, including possible jihadists, to Sicily from Tunisia, investigators said.

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As well as the IS promoter, six others, again mainly Tunisian, are sought for arrest on suspicion of people smuggling and trafficking in illegal cigarettes.

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Massive E-Cigarette Smuggling Business Busted by Chinese Customs Authority

From: Xinhua.net

E-cigarette smuggling operation involving 58 mln USD busted in Zhejiang

Editor: Xiang Bo

HANGZHOU, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) — Customs in east China’s Zhejiang Province arrested 27 suspects involved in an electronic cigarette smuggling case with a value of more than 400 million yuan (58.4 million U.S. dollars).

According to customs in the city of Ningbo on Monday, over 470,000 cartons of cigarettes were confiscated in the latest operation. Another 30,000 cartons and 500 sets of tobacco heating devices were also seized while taking down three cross-border smuggling gangs.

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