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 



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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