Monthly Archives: October 2015

Alberta Budget Will Further Contraband Tobacco Problem

From: National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT)

OTTAWA, Oct. 28, 2015 /CNW/ – Yesterday’s Alberta budget raised serious alarm bells for the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT). The NCACT is concerned that the government’s decision to increase tobacco taxes without any accompanying measures for greater contraband tobacco enforcement will result in a rise in illegal cigarettes in the province.

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Task Force raids Murray Superette in food stamp trafficking scheme, untaxed cigarettes [Orleans County, New York]

From: OrleansHub.com

By Tom Rivers, Editor

MURRAY — Three brothers that run the Murray Superette have been charged following a 15-month investigation into a food stamp trafficking scheme and the sale of untaxed cigarettes.

The three Salamaca brothers – Alexander, Myron and Olec – were all arrested this morning and are in jail on $20,000 bail, said Joe Sacco, supervising investigator for the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

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Cigarette Smugglers Abuse Puppies

From: The Irish Times

Cross-border fight against cruel puppy trade

Aaron Rogan

Irish and British animal protection agencies are joining forces to tackle gangs that illegally farm pedigree puppies and ship them to Britain for sale.

The transport of high numbers of puppies to Britain on ferries has become an organised industry generating millions of euro and involves drug and cigarette smuggling gangs.

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Cigarette trafficking and Belize

From: GlennTillett.com

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In 2011 I went to Melchor de Mencos to see for myself the phenomenon of cigarette trafficking across the Belize-Guatemalan border which my reports had said was creating an entirely new class of noveau riche there.

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Melchor was a bustling place, with ongoing construction and cemented streets. Many businesses advertised Belize telephone numbers, and an astounding variety of cheap beer and cigarettes seem to be the preferred stock in trade. I did not have time to visit the market opting instead for a surreptitious sight-seeing tour of some homes newly built or being constructed away from the town center, almost invariably on hills, and all guarded in some fashion by men with guns.

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Three Issues From CTP Director Zeller’s NACS Show Appearance

From: CSPnet.com

Stop-sale orders, tribal sales and social sources take center stage

By Melissa Vonder Haar, Tobacco Editor, CSP

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2. Tribal Tobacco Compliance

New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) president Jim Calvin expressed immense frustration with the hypocrisy of inspecting and penalizing mainstream retailers while retailers on Indian reservations operate without any oversight, often not collecting any excise taxes and failing to check IDs.

“We’re doing the best that we can to start a tribal inspection program, but it’s slow,” Zeller admitted. “We have our first contracts in place for reservation tobacco compliance. It’s taken a lot of time.”

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