Illegal tobacco ‘commodity of choice for organised crime’

From: BBC | Wales

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“It’s great having tobacco control strategies but the enforcement arm of that needs to be in place, and if it’s not it completely undermines the wider strategy.”

Experts say counterfeit cigarettes, in particular, can contain poor quality tobacco, plastic and human or rat faeces; they can also pose a greater fire risks due to the way they are produced.

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Contraband Cigarettes Kill

Editor’s Note: See also  Cheap “Illicit White” Cigarettes Responsible for House Fire that Kills Three and “Cheap, illicit tobacco can be attractive for people on low incomes. But the price of this could be fatal.”

From: CTV News | Barrie

Local firefighters sound the alarm after a deadly year across the province with higher than usual fire-related deaths.

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“In certain areas of the province, contraband cigarettes that don’t self-extinguish when idle have been partly to blame, but its old habits and a lack of common sense that are also contributing factors,” said Brassard.

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I-78 traffic stop turns up 150,000 un-taxed cigarettes

From: WFMZ.com

By: Edward Sieger

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The trooper said he watched the pickup drift back and forth within its lane several times as it crossed over the lane lines. The driver eventually moved into the right lane without signaling, where the truck continued to drift onto the right shoulder, according to court records. The trooper conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Osama Qaiymah, of Richmond, Virginia.

The trooper said he saw signs of “criminal activity associated with the transportation” of untaxed cigarettes. The criminal complaint does not detail those signs of alleged criminal activity.

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“The link between drug and tobacco smuggling and illegal construction is well known”

From: El Pais (Spain)

Police crack down on drug dealer mansions in southern Spain

An entire estate filled with villas and swimming pools had been illegally built without a single permit

A view of the drug dealer mansions in La Línea. National Police

The Spanish police have arrested 16 people who illegally built 14 luxury homes in a rural area of La Línea de la Concepción, in southern Spain. Investigators suspect that the land sale served to launder money in an area that is home to dozens of drug gangs.

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Tobacco smuggling in Eritrea

From: Med Crave Online

Abstract

This paper discusses tobacco smuggling in Eritrea with focus on cigarette smuggling. It reports on how cigarettes and other tobacco products are smuggled into and through Eritrea. Various cigarettes brands, both genuine and counterfeit, from different countries are smuggled into the country and marketed mostly through women and children street vendors. The illicit cigarettes are marketed at prices at 2-5 times lower that legal cigarettes, making them affordable even to price-sensitive smokers. All of the illicit cigarettes fail to comply with the packaging, health-warning labelling and marketing requirements of Proclamation 143/2004: A Proclamation to Provide for Tobacco Control, rendering the tobacco control provisions of the Proclamation inconsequential. Tobacco smuggling is conducted within broader smuggling operations and seems to be an entrenched activity. Compared to customs officers and other law enforcement entities, smugglers are better resourced, better networked and better organized

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