Pakistan Adopts Anti-Cigarette Smuggling Strategy: Lowering Tobacco Taxes

From: Tobacco Reporter

Lower taxes, more revenue

Pakistan’s government says that a cigarette federal excise duty (FED) reduction is aimed at convincing smokers currently buying black-market products to switch to duty-paid products.

It says that currently it is losing millions of rupees in revenue to the widespread availability of smuggled cigarettes.

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Is Cigarette Smuggling Replacing Hockey as Canada’s National Sport?

From: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The West District RCMP has seized 390-thousand illegal cigarette following two traffic stops on the Trans-Canada Highway.cigarette_1_0

On June 16, 2017, around 1:45 p.m., RCMP stopped a vehicle near Bedell, N.B. A search of the car led to the discovery of 120-thousand illegal cigarettes stored in the trunk. The driver, a 20-year-old man from Fredericton, was released pending a future court appearance.

cigarette_2_0On June 17, around 12:45 a.m., RCMP stopped a second vehicle near Waterville. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 270-thousand illegal cigarettes. Two Nova Scotia men, a 52-year-old and a 29-year-old, were released pending future court appearances.

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Want to Support Al-Qaeda? Buy Cheap Cigarettes

From: PIX 11

Bronx cigarette smuggling could be financing more than just fancy houses and jewels; police worry about terror funding

Going way back to 1993, financing for the first, World Trade Center bombing was directly linked to cigarette smuggling in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

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More recently, a 2015 cigarette smuggling ring in the Bronx was sending vast amounts of cash overseas to the Middle East and Africa.

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Cue the Theme from the Godfather


From: Attorney Weekly

Wednesday May 31, 2017, a new federal indictment was issued against 19 members of the Lucchese Crime Family that operates mainly in the New York, New Jersey area. The Lucchese family is one of the six operating mob families under “La Cosa Nostra” enterprise. The men charged go all the way from the top rank to associate members.

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Distribution of controlled substances
● Robbery
● Money Laundering
● Extortion
● Wire fraud
● Mail fraud
● Operating illegal gambling businesses
Selling untaxed cigarettes
● Committing and threatening to commit physical violence
● Witness intimidation and retaliation

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New York City Sheriff’s Office Leads in the Fight to Protect Kids from Tobacco

Editor’s Note: Illicit/cheap cigarette vendors sell tobacco to kids, see here.

From: CBS New York

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Deputies with the New York City Sheriff’s Office are out in force on behalf of the city’s Department of Finance. They’re regularly looking for hiding spots that often conceal tens of thousands of dollars in contraband.

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When stores smuggle it puts a real dent in this money that helps everyone said Sheriff Joseph Fucito.

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