Monthly Archives: June 2017

Could Legal Tobacco Production Offer an Alternative to Terrorism, Turning Swords Into Plowshares?

From: Tobacco Reporter

Turning swords into tobacco

Coltabaco S.A.S., Colombia’s biggest tobacco company, is one of hundreds of Colombian businesses that are employing former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in an effort to integrate them into the society against which they previously fought, according to a story by John Otis for Bloomberg News.

When Colombia’s government signed a peace treaty with FARC last fall, it meant more than an end to a 52-year conflict that had left an estimated 220,000 people dead and forced more than five million civilians from their homes. It also meant 7,000 guerrillas would have a chance to disarm and enter the workforce.

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Cigarette Diversion or Illegal Cigarette Manufacturing, Which is the Bigger Problem?

From: The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Approximately 18.6 metric tons of smuggled tobacco was seized at the Port of Taichung in central Taiwan early this month, Taichung Customs said on Wednesday.


After removing the outer layers of bags containing tobacco leaf waste, inspectors discovered fine cut tobacco that was not on the list of imported materials.

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Europol & European Intellectual Property Office: Most Seized Packaging Materials are Associated with Tobacco Products

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Counterfeit Cigarette Study Forum.

From: A Joint Project between Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office

2017 Situation Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in the European Union

Regarding product types, the top categories of detained articles at the external borders in 2015 were cigarettes, which accounted for 27% of the overall amount of detained articles. . . .

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Tobacco Trafficking in America, It’s Not a “Mom ‘n Pop” Business

From: Fox 2 St. Louis

First suspects in cigarette smuggling ring appear in federal court


ST. LOUIS – The first of 35 defendants in a contraband cigarette ring stretching from Missouri to the east coast appeared in federal court Tuesday.

The defendants are appearing in three groups over the next three days. Prosecutors claim they acted as couriers and purchasers in the cigarette smuggling ring.

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A quarter-million fake cigarettes here, a half-million smuggled cigarettes there, it’s just another day in the UK

From: Staffordshire Newsletter

More than 250,000 fake cigarettes seized by police on M6

MORE THAN a quarter of a million counterfeit cigarettes have been seized on the M6 in Staffordshire this afternoon.

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From: Surrey Mirror

Three men spotted smuggling half a million cigarettes in Dorking jailed

Three men who were caught supplying or receiving nearly half a million smuggled cigarettes in a Dorking car park have been jailed for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty.

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