Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Negligible Penalties for Tobacco Trafficking

From: Australian Government | Department of Border Protection

$55,000 fine over tobacco filled suitcases

A 38-year-old man from Banora Point in northern NSW has been fined more than $55,000 for smuggling 19,200 sticks of cigarettes and 400g of tobacco through Perth International Airport in March 2017.

After arriving on a flight from Denpasar, Indonesia, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers conducted an examination of the man’s two suitcases which were found to contain various brands of cigarettes and loose tobacco.

The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on 21 September where he was charged with one count of importing goods being tobacco products, with the intention of defrauding the revenue, contrary to section 233BABAD(1) of the Customs Act 1901.

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Contraband Corrupts

From: NJ.com

Sex abuse, contraband, cover-ups? Inside a growing criminal probe at N.J. women’s prison

By S.P. Sullivan

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After investigators uncovered case upon case of staff members allegedly abusing prisoners and exchanging contraband for sex at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office took the unusual step of asking New Jersey’s attorney general and corrections commissioner for a meeting to discuss “remedial action.”

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Joel Herscap, 56, a vocational instructor in the prison kitchen, was charged last year after internal investigators looking into tobacco smuggling at the facility found two inmates who claimed he had traded cigarettes for sex.

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Pig-Headed Refusal of Tobacco Control Establishment to Accept Reality

From: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Chickens coming home to roost

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Then there is the pig-headed refusal of anti-smoking groups to accept simple facts…

In its submission to the tobacco inquiry, Cancer Council Australia says increasing excise is “the single most effective method available for reducing tobacco consumption, increasing attempts to quit and reducing smoking prevalence, thereby reducing death and disease caused by smoking”.
“Cancer Council Australia is not aware of any evidence suggesting that increases in excise in Australia have led to an increase in the size of Australia’s illicit tobacco market.”

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High Levels of Coumarin in Asian Contraband Cigarettes

From: Viet Nam News

High content of coumarin in smuggled cigarettes raises risk of birth defects

Experts suggested that the Government should take further drastic measures to prevent cigarettes smuggling to ensure health for people, especially pregnant women.–VNA/VNS Photo

HCM CITY — Exposure to high amounts of toxic coumarin, found in smuggled cigarettes coming into the country in recent years, raises the risk of several birth defects or even miscarriage, health experts warn.

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No Crime Too Heinous for Cigarette Traffickers Including Child Labor

From: Inquirer.net

By: – Reporter

Police and revenue agents have found children from Marawi City being used to make counterfeit cigarettes in Bacolod City.

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Personnel from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bacolod police found the children last August 25 in an illegal factory that was counterfeiting cigarettes under the Jackpot and Marvel brands of Mighty Corporation, Dominguez said.

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