Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cigarette smuggling, crime without judicial sanction

Editor’s Note: Translated from the Spanish via Google Translate. The original text is here.

From: Dairio Libre [Domican Republic]

Only between 2013-2014 Customs seized 7.8 million illegal units

SANTO DOMINGO. “Give me a cigarette,” asked the customer. “A Haitian?” Asks the clerk grocery store. “Yes,” he replies. The provider gives hesitant an L & M cigarettes sold legally in the Dominican market. “But that is not Haitian,” he claims the buyer. The seller then look stealthily under the counter cigarette Haitian manufacturing Comme il Faut, smuggled and sold tax-free in Dominican Republic to RD $ 5 per unit, ie RD $ 2 and RD $ 4 less than the authorized brands.

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Government presents draft legislation to combat contraband cigarette, tobacco sales [Greece]


Minister of State Panagiotis Nikoloudis on Thursday presented draft legislation prepared by the government in order to stamp out the “black market” in cigarettes and tobacco.  

The law introduces checks all along the production line, as well as packaging, trade, distribution and retail sales, in a bid to prevent illegal trade and tax theft, while “cleaning up” the sector for the benefit of honest traders, who will regain their competitive advantage.

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Anti-contraband group visits Halton to raise awareness about dangers of illegal cigarette trade

From: Inside Hamilton

By David Lea

Representatives of the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) were in Halton on Tuesday and called for better laws and penalties to counter the illegal manufacture and distribution of cigarettes.


“This affects young people who have access to these illegal cigarettes. This affects the economy, which is losing a lot of money because of this and it affects society as a whole because a society that allows organized crime to run rampant is being impacted in a negative way.”

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Jamaica customs agency seizes millions in counterfeit goods

From: Carribean 360

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday July 28, 2015 – The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) says it confiscated more than J$250 million (US$2.1 million) worth of counterfeit goods at the island’s ports of entry in just over a year.

Commissioner of Customs and the JCA’s chief executive officer, Major Richard Reese, said the items included cigarettes, clothing, footwear, handbags, belts and hats – some intended for the local market, others destined for other countries.

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United States of America v. Gholamreza “Reza” Tadaiyon

From: More Law

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Jackson County)


A Florida man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a multi-million dollar, multi-state conspiracy to transport hundreds of thousands of cartons of contraband cigarettes from the Kansas City, Mo., area to the state of New York, where they were sold primarily on Indian reservations. Gholamreza “Reza” Tadaiyon, 51, of Weston, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan on Thursday, July 23, 2015, to five years of probation and ordered to forfeit $1,046,320 to the government, representing the profit from the sale of contraband cigarettes. Tadaiyon has forfeited to the government $448,189 that was seized primarily from his bank accounts.

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