Selling Cigarettes to Kids and Funding Transnational Criminal Organizations is Not a “Nuisance” Crime

Editor’s Note: Sellers of loosies and other contraband tobacco sell cigarettes to kids and fund terrorism.¬†

From: New York Daily News

NYPD targets immigrant shops with nuisance cases, threatening yearlong closures over minor offenses 

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An examination by The News and ProPublica of 646 cases filed by the NYPD against businesses over an 18-month period beginning in 2013 found:

  • The majority of the cases, 58%, involve alcohol violations, often against bodegas or liquor stores accused of selling to underage buyers working for the police. The second most common offense was illegal gambling (11%), followed by the sale of untaxed cigarettes (10%).

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