US court fines UPS $247 million over illegal cigarette shipments

From: Reuters/CNBC

A federal judge ordered United Parcel Service Inc to pay nearly $247 million in damages and penalties for “illegally shipping” large volumes of untaxed cigarettes in New York state and City, a court filing showed on Thursday.

UPS said it was extremely disappointed with the court’s ruling and would appeal the decision.

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Illegal tobacco tainted by asbestos and rats

From: The Times (London)

Gabe Jagger

One in eight retailers in London is selling illegal tobacco products, undercover research has found.

As smoking laws are tightened on Saturday, more people could start buying illicit products, Japan Tobacco International says. It found that about 32 per cent of roll-your-own tobacco and 13 per cent of cigarettes in Britain are sold illegally.

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Revenue dogs sniffed out drugs and illegal cigarettes worth €20 million

From: Dublin Live

Dublin’s sniffer dog Casey helped the team quite a lot


The four legged stars of Revenue sniffed out more than €20 million of drugs and illegal cigarettes last year, it has been revealed.


The 17-pooch team detected drugs with a street value of €4,201,506 and €19,159,221 worth of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco, the Irish Daily Star reports.

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Drug den busted in Periyamulla with heroin and illicit cigarettes (Sri Lanka)

From: Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)


Police Special Task Force Headquarters Raiding Unit busted a drug den in Periyamulla, Negombo and nabbed a boutique owner with heroin and illicit cigarettes.

The STF sleuths on a tip off on April 01, used a decoy to buy cigarettes from a grocery shop on St. John’s Street in Periyamulla learning the shop owner was selling counterfeit cigarettes.

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Solomon Islands clampdown on illegal tobacco a priority

From: Radio New Zealand

Solomon Islands Customs says targeting illegal tobacco is one of its operational priorities.

The comptroller of Customs said they were determined to stop the illegal trade of tobacco in the country.

He said not only are these importers evading government taxes, they also bring harm to the community through the greater availability of cheap tobacco.

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Big contraband bust reported by Guatemalan authorities

From: Breaking Belize News

By BBN Staff: Guatemalan authorities today seized 9.9 millions boxes of cigarettes in Peten, along the border with Mexico and Belize.

The Agencia Guatemalteca de Noticias reported yesterday, that Jorge Aguilar, spokesman for the National Civil Police (PNC), detailed how agents of the substation in Poptún (Petén) intercepted a truck, detaining one Byron Misael Cabrera Gonzáles, and seizing a hefty 9,914,600 boxes of contraband cigarettes.


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Pakistan Government Takes Steps to Curb Production, Smuggling of Illicit Tobacco

From: Radio Pakistan

Finance Minister talks to delegation of “British American Tobacco”

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government has taken a number of steps to curb the production and smuggling of illicit tobacco products.

He was talking to a delegation of “British American Tobacco” led by it Director Asia Pacific Region Jack Bowles in Islamabad.

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‘Fire risk’ cigs prompt alcohol ban for off-licence

From: Lincolnshire Live

By Holly O’Flinn


This took place over the preceding six months where they had been sold cigarettes made solely for the black-market and smuggled in to the country fake cigarettes which did not meet required safety standards.

They said there were inherently serious fire risks in such dangerous products which were not designed to self-extinguish as genuine market cigarettes are.

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VIDEO: Gang who were caught unloading millions of illegal cigarettes at self-storage unit in Loudwater sentenced

From: Bucks Free Press

Stephanie Wareham, Senior Reporter


A gang who were caught unloading almost four million illegal cigarettes from a lorry in Loudwater have been sentenced.

Sirajadin Bahadin, 45 and Ireneusz Bocian, 55, from London and Faheem Ahmadzia, 55, from Doncaster, were arrested in August 2014 after HM Revenue and Customs officials seized 3.8 million cigarettes as they were being unloaded at a self-storage unit in Loudwater.

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From: Australian Border Force

Tackling organised crime at the border

AS THE operational arm of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Border Force (ABF), plays a crucial role in keeping Australia and the community safe and ensuring our economic prosperity.

Organised crime syndicates pose a serious risk to the integrity of our border, to our community and our economy. This illegal activity reduces the amount of revenue collected, which ultimately impacts funds available to the Australian Government for essential services like health, education and infrastructure.

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