Monthly Archives: April 2017

1 in 3 Cigarettes Sold in Ontario are Contraband

From: Press Release

OTTAWA, April 25, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) released results of a study highlighting 33% of cigarettes purchased in Ontario were illegal. In some parts of Ontario, 2 in 3 cigarettes were illegal.

Ontario continues to have the worst contraband tobacco problem in Canada– 1 in 3 of all cigarettes purchased in the province are illegal,” said Gary Grant, a 39-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service and national spokesperson for the NCACT. “This has been consistent since before the last provincial election. With the provincial budget to be delivered this week, now is the time to introduce proven, effective anti-contraband tobacco measures.”

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Multiple Arrests in State’s Largest Illegal Tobacco Distribution Bust

From: State of Connecticut, Department of Revenue Services

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Multiple Arrests in State’s Largest Illegal
Tobacco Distribution Bust

Connecticut Commissioner of Revenue Services Kevin Sullivan today announced the results of a five-month investigation that led to the arrest of 10 people as well as the seizure of more than $50,000 in cash and $234,000 in contraband tobacco from a Bridgeport tobacco wholesaler. The operation was conducted by the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) in cooperation with the Bridgeport police department.

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Crack Cocaine and Counterfeit Cigarettes: Criminal Synergies in Action

From: PlanetRadio.co.uk

Police officers stormed Stockton town centre last night, in a series of raids to disrupt the supply and manufacture of Crack Cocaine and Class A drugs in the area

Ellie Kumar

Police officers stormed Stockton town centre last night, in a series of raids to disrupt the supply and manufacture of Crack Cocaine and Class A drugs in the area.

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A small amount of suspected drugs, believed to be class A and class B, have also been seized as well as counterfeit cigarettes.

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Connecticut cracks $13M contraband tobacco ring case

From: HartfordBusiness.com

Patricia Daddona
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A five-month state investigation has led to the arrest of 10 people and seizure of more than $50,000 in cash and $234,000 in contraband tobacco from a Bridgeport tobacco wholesaler, state authorities say.

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Over many months, the distribution ring sold in excess of $13 million in untaxed tobacco to approximately 450 retail locations in Connecticut, making this the largest state bust ever of its kind, Sullivan said. About $250,000 in contraband was sold monthly, he said.

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Pair charged with smuggling non-taxed cigarettes

From: Fox56

by Alex Belser

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Police say the two would meet at a Weis parking lot here in the Back Mountain, and then drive to the Tonawanda Reservation near Buffalo, New York.

Then, after buying up huge quantities of cigarettes, investigators say they would re-sell them back home to make a profit.

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