Monthly Archives: July 2017

Illicit Whites: The Most Costly Cheap Cigarette on Earth

From: Tobacco Reporter

Illegal trade exposed

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Firestone is said to have told the commission that the global illegal tobacco trade annually deprived governments of US$40-50 billion in lost tax revenue, a figure greater than that of the illegal trade in oil, wildlife, timber, arts and antiquities, and conflict minerals combined. He added that “criminals are the only promoters of the global illegal tobacco trade”.

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Firestone was said to have emphasized the critical role co-operation between industry, law enforcement, and government authorities could play in tackling illicit tobacco, and outlined a series of concrete measures that these groups could take to further reduce the flow of illicit tobacco worldwide.

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What’s Made in Canada Isn’t Going to Stay in Canada

From: Global News

New Brunswick RCMP charge Nova Scotia man after seizure of 120,000 contraband cigarettes


A photo of the approximately 120,000 contraband cigarettes seized by the New Brunswick RCMP on July 18, 2017

A 29-year-old man from Nova Scotia has been charged after 120,000 cigarettes were seized from a vehicle in New Brunswick.

According to the New Brunswick RCMP, officers stopped a car on Highway 2 near Waterville, N.B., searching for and eventually finding the cigarettes.

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President Trump Continues the War Against Transnational Criminal Organizations

From: The White House

For Immediate Release

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations

NOTICE

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CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS

On July 24, 2011, by Executive Order 13581, the President declared a national emergency with respect to transnational criminal organizations pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701–1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the activities of significant transnational criminal organizations.

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Cigarette Smuggling is so Widespread that Law Firms Now Specialize in Defending Traffickers

From: Simms Showers, LLP

Virginia Cigarette Trafficking

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Cigarette Trafficking is a Growing Concern for the Virginia State Crime Commission

According to Virginia’s State Crime Commission, up to 20,000 cartons of cigarettes are illegally trafficked each week, resulting in $55 million in sales and $10 million in profit. Also according to the Virginia State Crime Commission, certain gangs use the profits from illegal cigarette trafficking to fund other illegal endeavors, such as human trafficking prostitution rings. As such, prosecutors, jury members, and judges are heavily inclined to reach a guilty verdict and throw the defendant behind bars for as long as possible. However, an experienced attorney, who has a history of successfully representing clients who have been charged with trafficking, will be able to mount a defense worthy of defeating the state’s best prosecutors.

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Cheap Tobacco Vendors Sell Cigarettes to Kids

From: Norfolk City Council (UK)

Protect children by reporting illegal tobacco sales urge Trading Standards as they head out on week-long roadshow

People are being urged to help protect children in Norfolk by reporting illegal tobacco sales to aid the crackdown on traders who sell illegal cigarettes and tobacco.

Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards and Public Health teams are continuing the campaign launched in September last year which has so far seen over 180,000 illegal cigarettes and 50kg of hand rolling tobacco seized and a number of traders successfully prosecuted for their crimes.

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