RCMP GTA CFSEU and its policing partners land a tremendous blow to organized crime in Canada

From: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2017 /CNW/ – Early this morning members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Greater Toronto Area Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (RCMP GTA CFSEU), with assistance from the policing community throughout Southern Ontario, Quebec and British Colombia conducted raids in Hamilton, York Region, Niagara, Innisfil, Vancouver and Montreal.

GTA CFSEU is a RCMP led Joint Forces Operation which includes officers from the RCMP, Toronto Police Service (TPS), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Peel Regional Police (PRP), and the York Regional Police (YRP).


Three month Australian Border Force investigation brings down tobacco smuggling syndicate

From: Australian Government | Department of Immigration and Border Protection

A 32-year-old Sanctuary Point man has become the fifth individual to be arrested as part of an extensive Australian Border Force (ABF) investigation into a tobacco smuggling syndicate in Sydney.

ABF investigators arrested the man at Sydney Airport on Monday, 28 August upon his arrival off a flight from Thailand. They will allege the man is the ring leader of a syndicate who attempted to import illicit cigarettes into Australia back in June.


New Australian Border Forces figures show tobacco black market is booming with 400 tonnes seized in two years

From: Herald Sun

David Hurley

ILLEGAL tobacco weighing more than 400 tonnes and worth almost $300 million in lost duty has been seized by the Australian Border Force in the past two years.

New statistics released to the Herald Sun show the scale of the booming tobacco black market in Australia. Since the ABF was established in July 2015, more than 100 ­people have been charged with ­tobacco smuggling offences.

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China intensifies crackdown on smuggled, counterfeit cigarettes


BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) — Chinese tobacco authorities seized 195,000 cartons of smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes in the first half of this year, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration said Thursday.

Tobacco authorities at all levels worked closely with the police and customs authorities to intensify the crackdown on smuggling gangs.

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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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