From: New York Post
NY’s futile fight against illegal cigarettes
By Post Editorial Board
Meanwhile, buttlegging revenue is often used to bolster organized-crime groups and terrorism. Luna believes tobacco smuggling helps fund groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. Its revenues even go to prop up North Korean nukes.
Truth is, as long as taxes keep rising, people will keep smuggling. And investigators will keep setting records for what they confiscate — and, presumably, what they don’t.