Cigarette tax lights a fire under ex-Mashantucket chair

From: The Day

Reels vows to press tribal sovereignty issue after his shop is raided

By BRIAN HALLENBECK
Former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Kenny Reels stands in his Pequot Trading Post, in the basement of his home on the reservation.

Mashantucket — When state revenue agents showed up this week at his tiny convenience store on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation, Kenny Reels wondered where they’d been.

“I was shocked it took so long,” Reels said Thursday, days after the Department of Revenue Services seized most of the inventory of cigarettes he’s been selling the past 18 months from his Pequot Trading Post at 11 Ephraim’s Path, which happens to be his home.

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Updated UK Tobacco Control Plan on Tackling Illicit Cigarettes

From: Public Health England

Guidance

Tobacco commissioning support 2019 to 2020: principles and indicators

Updated 4 October 2018

1. Introduction

1.1 The Tobacco Control Plan

In July 2017, the government published its Tobacco Control Plan for England, to pave the way for a smokefree generation. The comprehensive plan sets out the following national ambitions for achievement by the end of 2022.

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12. Tackling cheap and illicit tobacco

12.1 Statement of principle

The local authority has established partnership arrangements with other local authorities and external partners which focus on reducing the demand for and the supply of illicit tobacco.

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First Nations divided by growth in illegal marijuana sellers

Editor’s Note: See also Cannabis as a catalyst for Indigenous governance and Kahnawake’s draft cannabis legislation aimed at preventing problems that arose with tobacco.

From: The Growth Op

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The explosion of illegal marijuana dispensaries is a divisive issue in aboriginal communities. Operators say the outlets, whose customers drive in from nearby cities and towns, bring needed jobs to their communities.

But critics, including the chief of the same Southwestern Ontario community where the former chief works at a pot shop, say the businesses shouldn’t be allowed to operate unregulated.

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MEP: France is wrong to shun OLAF in tackling tobacco smuggling

From: Euractiv.com

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

France and other countries that need help tackling the rising illicit tobacco trade should ask for assistance from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), according to Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský.

Zdechovský, a European People’s Party (EPP) MEP in the Budgetary Control Committee, asked the European Commission if OLAF is supporting France in investigating illicit trade routes from Algeria.

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Contraband Cigarettes Used to Train and Test Drug Mules

From: Hindustan Times

The anti-narocotics cell of the Mumbai crime branch has discovered a cartel that employs women from the city to smuggle drugs into Gulf countries. According to officers , the cartel has been operating majorly from the Mumbai airport, but also from Hyderabad, Pune and Cochin.

Megha Sood

The recent arrest of Furkana Sheikh, 27, from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 464 gram of amphetamine into Qatar has revealed the presence of a cartel that has recruited close to 100 women from Mumbai to smuggle drugs into Gulf countries.

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