Monthly Archives: June 2015

Man, 27, busted trying to smuggle $100K in cigarettes into city

From: New York Daily News


This criminal enterprise got smoked.

A man trying to smuggle $100,000 in cigarettes from Virginia to Manhattan was nabbed by Bridge and Tunnel Cops on Sunday afternoon, according to law enforcement sources.

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Maryland strengthens effort to keep retailers from selling tobacco to minors

From: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygene

HMH providing free retailer-compliance education as part of broader campaign

Baltimore, MD (June 29, 2015) – Though it is illegal to sell tobacco products to youths under 18, in the past two years, Maryland has seen a troubling increase in the number of retailers selling tobacco products to minors – in violation of federal, state and local laws. Underage access to tobacco products is unacceptable in Maryland.


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Contraband Cigarette bust in Chetumal (Belize)

From: Breaking Belize News

Over 30 million individual contraband cigarettes were confiscated in a raid in Chetumal on Monday.

According to Mexican authorities, they received an anonymous tip and with the strength of a search warrant, they visited the town of Huay-Pix in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco.

The area is located a few miles outside of the Belize/Mexico Border. Authorities searched a building and found 10 vehicles loaded with boxes of cigarettes.

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Illegal Cigarette Market on the Rise in Costa Rica

From: The Costa Rican Times

Costa Rica News – Loose cigarettes can be found in just about every small grocery store throughout Costa Rica.

They cost about ¢200. Of course they won’t be out on the counter and the owner will look around before taking them out of a hiding spot.

Smuggled packages are also readily available at discounted rates. Two reforms passed in 2012 accidentally favored trafficking and smuggling. The lawmakers did not envision this effect.

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Authorities Seize More Than 3,300 Cartons Of Contraband Cigarettes During GWB Traffic Stop: Police [New York]


Truck stopped on the lower level of the bridge, authorities said.


Three New York men were arrested following a traffic stop where authorities found more than 3,300 cartons of contraband cigarettes, police said.

Port Authority Police officers stopped a white Chevrolet truck being driven eastbound on the lower level of the George Washington Bridge Friday at 11 a.m.; said Joseph Pentangelo, spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department. Trucks are not allowed on the bridge’s lower level.

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