Arrested ex-CIA agent went from spy agency to investigating counterfeit cigarettes in Hong Kong, sources say

Editor’s Note: Shades of Robert Levinson?

From: South China Morning Post

The Post learns that Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who left the CIA in 2007, spent time as an investigator with Japan Tobacco International

Raquel Carvalho

Detained CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee went from being an operative in the world’s top spy agency to investigating counterfeit cigarettes in Hong Kong, sources have told the Post.

He later went on to set up his own company to do similar work, before joining auction house Christie’s. According to a security source with several decades of experience in the sector, Lee worked for Japan Tobacco International after he left the CIA in 2007.

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D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal to Decide Applicability of the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act to Tribal Entities

From: Lexology

Federal Appellate Court to Consider Applicability of CCTA to Indian Tribes

Troutman Sanders LLP

A case currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenges the applicability of the federal Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act (“CCTA”) to tribal entities. The case is Ho-Chunk, Inc. v. Sessions.

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The trial court ruled in favor of the federal government. The court found that, although the CCTA exempts tribal governments from certain reporting requirements, the CCTA’s recordkeeping requirements are fully applicable to tribal entities.

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The Growing Brazil-Paraguay Criminal Connection

From: InSight Crime

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Shopkeeper sold illegal cigarettes to ‘keep up with the competition’

From: Nottingham Post

Shopkeeper sold illegal cigarettes to ‘keep up with the competition’ in Radford Road where offence is ‘rife’

He admitted obstructing a police officer on September 27; supplying 12 cartons of Rothman’s cigarettes with no health warnings on the same day; identical tobacco charges relating to cigarettes worth £852 on March 3 and £5,942 on September 19

By Gemma Toulson

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He took over the shop lease in March and sold it in November. Miss Ali told the court: “This sort of offence is rife in the area, particularly on Radford Road.

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European Commission Takes Strong Action to Prevent an Illicit E-Cigarette Market

From: Euractive.com

Commission opposes excise tax on e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products, for now

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