Monthly Archives: May 2018

Recent Human Smuggling Cases Shine Light On Vermont-Canada Border

From: New Hampshire Public Radio

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Helping people cross the border illegally — or human smuggling — is something people take for granted on the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico. But it’s also part of life on the northern border: Human smugglers and law enforcement are playing a cat-and-mouse game on the Vermont border.

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“If you have type of transnational criminal organization this area is very appealing,” Ross said.

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Over 15 millions of illegal cigarettes confiscated by Greek police

From: The Greek Observer

Eighteen persons have been arrested so far in the framework of police’s financial squad operation on the case of illegal tobacco products which is currently underway.

Police have confiscated over 15 millions of cigarettes, 15 tons of tobacco as well as production and standardisation machines.

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June Ballot Measure Would Ban All Flavored Tobacco Products In San Francisco

From: WAMU.org 

Lesley McClurg

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The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is blanketing the city with ads — on the radio, television, online and via direct mail — urging a “no” vote on Proposition E. The latest campaign finance contributions show that the tobacco giant, which produces Newport menthols, the country’s best-selling mint-flavored cigarette, has contributed more than $11 million to the “No on E” campaign in San Francisco.

Some of the anti-E ads feature vintage film clips of people smashing kegs during Prohibition and argue that approach didn’t stop the use of alcohol and drugs and won’t work for flavored tobacco, either.

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Cigarette Smuggling: It Can Get You Beaten to Death

From: Montreal Gazette

Tarik Biji guilty of second-degree murder in death of inmate at Montreal Detention Centre

Michel Barrette was beaten to death on June 21, 2016

Paul Cherry, Montreal Gazette

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The jury found Tarik Biji guilty of second-degree murder in the death of fellow inmate Michel Barrette, a he‎roin addict who had just smuggled tobacco into the detention centre days before he was beaten to death on June 21, 2016.

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Barrette died a couple of hours after he was beaten for 23 minutes inside Biji’s cell. Witnesses who testified during the trial said Biji wanted Barrette to hand over the tobacco he had smuggled inside the detention centre also known as the Bordeaux Jail.

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Cigarette smuggling robs Washington state of revenue

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

From: The Seattle Times | Editorial

Cigarette smuggling continues to cost Washington state hundreds of millions in lost tax revenue each year. Lawmakers should consider ways to harness and capture some of these evaporating tax dollars.

The state of Washington continues to lose an astounding amount of tax revenue to a little-discussed problem: cigarette smuggling.

This type of tax evasion costs the state hundreds of millions a year. Yet it often fades into the background during budget debates, which can get held up by disagreements on how to spend smaller amounts of money.

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