Monthly Archives: November 2013

Boosting ‘health’ of ATF, targeting traffickers are goals for agency chief Jones

Editor’s Note: Watch ATF Director Jones discuss  cigarette trafficking profits going to Al Aaeda, Hizballah and other terrorists here.

From: PBS Nebraska

PBS Newshour

JUDY WOODRUFF: Now to part two of our newsmaker interview with B. Todd Jones, the new director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The first half of our conversation focused on the agency’s responsibility for keeping track of the nation’s 300 million firearms.

Tonight, we discuss urban violence, Fast and Furious, and illegal cigarette profits going to terrorists.

We talked late last week at the bureau’s headquarters here in Washington.

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Massachusetts Illegal Tobacco Commission: Meeting Three Notice

From: Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Meeting Time: 10:30 AM

Meeting Location: 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor, Room C, Boston, MA

Meeting three will focus on the best practice in Massachusetts and elsewhere to combat the illegal tobacco market. A presenter for Altria will discuss its findings on preventing illegal tobacco sales. A guest speaker from SICPA will also present on its tobacco track and trace program in Massachusetts.

A.     Opening remarks (Commissioner)

B.     Altria Presentation:  Best practices for combatting illegal tobacco distribution

C.     SICPA Presentation:  Massachusetts stamping system, track and trace program

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Next tobacco war battlefield: Cigarette smuggling

From: SFGate/San Fancisco Chronicle

Melody Gutierrez

Sacramento

Interest groups long divided over the benefits of increasing the tobacco tax in California are digging in for another fight, with proponents submitting a proposal for a ballot measure and opponents signaling how they will wage the next cigarette war.

What can voters expect? A lot of talk about cigarette smuggling.

The black market for cigarette trafficking in the United States surfaced, in part, as a result of varying tax rates among states. Smugglers purchase large quantities of tobacco products in states with low tax rates and resell them in states with higher taxes for a profit, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which investigates such cases.

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Four arrested in Brandon area for alleged smuggling of three million cigarettes

From: EDP24

A smuggling crackdown has seen four men arrested in connection with illegally importing three million cigarettes as part of an organised gang operation.

An investigation into the alleged fraud saw nearly 70 officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) carry out searches of three residential and one business premises in the Brandon area.

Three of the men, aged 52, 24, and 34, were arrested on November 12. The other, aged 27, was arrested on November 15.

The arrested men are alleged to have dodged paying £600,000 in duty on the smuggled cigarettes.

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Illicit tobacco fight’s weak link

From: Times Union

Some say federal assets not fully used on low-risk trade that costs state taxpayers

By James M. Odato

A view of what the ATF calls unlicensed tobacco products are seen at the ATF office on Monday, July 22, 2013 in Albany, NY.       (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) Photo: Paul Buckowski / 00023259A

A view of what the ATF calls unlicensed tobacco products are seen at the ATF office on Monday, July 22, 2013 in Albany, NY.       (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

Hogansburg

Just off the main drag of the St. Regis Mohawk Indian reservation hugging the Canadian border, a woman greeted visitors at Another Dam Cigarette Store, one of several tax-free smoke shops on the territory.

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