Contraband trade heating up: Cornwall Regional Task Force (Ontario)

From: Cornwall Newswatch

Garbage bags of fine cut contraband tobacco. (RCMP via Newswatch Group, File) 

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The Cornwall Regional Task Force seized 33 bags of tobacco at a cottage on Hamilton Island on March 3 while officers were patrolling in the area.

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The tobacco weighed 595 kilograms (1,312 pounds).

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Judge rules against UPS in NY untaxed cigarettes case

From: Breaking911.com

A judge has found United Parcel Service to have turned a blind eye to shipments of untaxed cigarettes to New Yorkers from American Indian reservations that undermined anti-smoking efforts. The state seeks more than $800 million in damages for lost tax revenue.

U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest in Manhattan on Friday ruled that UPS failed to comply with a 2005 deal it struck with the state to fix the problem without going to court. She said she’d decide on damages later.

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Dominican, US Customs seize 8.0M cigarettes in container

Editor’s Note: Where were the cigarettes made?

From: Dominican Today

Santo Domingo.- The Customs Agency on Wednesday announced the confiscation 8.0 million cigarettes found in a container camouflaged as a cargo of fabrics, which entered the country at Haina Oriental Port from Miami.

Customs director Enrique Ramírez accompanied by officials of the US Customs and Border Protection for ports cooperation and executives of the local cigarette manufacturers grouped in ASOCIGAR opened the container with the alleged contraband.

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An empire of smuggled smokes

From: Crain’s New York Business | Opinion

New York’s cigarette taxes have sparked a huge black market and should be rolled back

By Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit

New York has ostensibly made the health of its people and its treasuries a priority by maintaining high cigarette taxes, but these taxes come with a cost.

The state’s high cigarette taxes have led to rampant tax evasion and avoidance and other ugly, unintended consequences.

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NJ teacher loses license after trying to sell weapons to terrorists

From: NJ101.5

By Adam Hochron

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Robert Johnson, the Bronx district attorney at the time, said Burroughs had agreed to sell 13 weapons including assault rifles and hand guns, and had also bought 27,000 cartons of what he believed were untaxed cigarettes during exchanges with undercover officers. In addition to the weapons, he also had offered to sell explosives, night-vision goggles and illegal drugs.

Johnson said Burroughs believed the officers he was dealing with were connected to the terrorist organization Hamas, and had expressed support for them and other terror groups.

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