Monthly Archives: March 2017

Network of hashish and counterfeit tobacco smugglers dismantled

From: Europol

7 individuals have been arrested in a joint operation carried out by the Polish Police in cooperation with the Spanish National Police and with the support of Europol. The organised crime group (OCG) was involved in smuggling large quantities of hashish from Spain to Poland and the illicit manufacturing of tobacco products.

The operation resulted in the seizure and dismantlement of:

  • More than 200 kilograms of hashish worth PLZ 3,2 million (equivalent of approximately EUR 757 000);
  • 15,5 tonnes of tobacco;
  • Two illegal cigarette production lines dismantled in Poland and Spain.
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Australian Border Force officers hit illegal tobacco syndicate in dawn raid

From: Herald Sun

A MAN was arrested by the Australian Border Force after a dawn raid to hit a syndicate responsible for importing illegal tobacco into the country.

Zisheng Yang, 29, was arrested about 10am on Wednesday after border force officers arrived at a high-rise apartment building off Little Bourke and King streets at 6am.

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Under age children sold illicit cigarettes that were a fire risk claims trading standards as off licence review is ordered

From: Cambs Times

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A March off-licence that allegedly sold illicit cigarettes to under age children – risking their health in the process- is to have its licence challenged.

Trading standards officer Andrew Fayers claims to have received information not only of children being served but also of being sold cigarettes that were a fire risk.

The cigarettes seized during a visit last month did not comply with UK labelling regulations, he says.

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26.5% Cigarette Price Hike A Great Idea Say Smugglers (Malaysia)

From: lowyat.net

KOTA BARU: Today the nation’s cigarette smugglers praised Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya’s decision to increase the price of legal cigarettes to RM21.50 per packet.

“Hiking the cost of legal cigarettes by 26.5% is going to make many smokers change their ways,” said professional cigarette smuggler Kid Kangkung stuffing contraband fags into his truck’s secret compartment,

“if the RM2 million spent on health warnings each year isn’t deterring smokers, maybe this plan to collect another billion in cigarette excise taxes will work. I’m sure the government will spend the extra revenue wisely!”

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“Contraband fuels beatings and slashings in jail because it is so lucrative.”

From: Bronx Voice

Rookie Guard Busted for Smuggling | prison guard, smuggling contraband, Arizona Ice Tea, Patron tequila, marijuana, tobacco, Rikers Island, Otis Bantum Correctional Center

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Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a former New York City Department of Correction Officer, an inmate and the inmate’s wife have been indicted on charges they brought marijuana, alcohol and tobacco into a Rikers Island jail.

Clark said, “Contraband fuels beatings and slashings in jail because it is so lucrative. This defendant allegedly took bribes to bring in forbidden items after only 10 months on the job. He was betraying his fellow officers and endangering staff and inmates by adding to the violent atmosphere in the facility. We will not tolerate employees, inmates or visitors bringing in contraband.”

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