Cambodian Authorities seize 35 tonnes of fake cigarettes

From: Khmer Times
Police checked a box of fake cigarettes in the factory yesterday. Police

Anti-economic crime police on Tuesday raided a factory producing counterfeit cigarettes and seized 35 tonnes of the product in Kandal province.

Long Sreng, head of the anti-economic crime department, said on Tuesday that the raid was carried out in collaboration with local authorities following a complaint from the company authorised to produce the cigarettes under the ESSE brand.

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Operation KUS targets Armenian and Georgian ‘mafia’ in Spain


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Spain clamps down on the organized crime and concurrently pursues its geopolitical goals. Photo: The CrimeRussia


Duo jailed after tobacco factory find


By Liz Wells

Two men have been jailed for a total of more than 11 years after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) dismantled a tobacco factory that could have swamped the UK with millions of illicit cigarettes.

Mariwan Fatah from Enfield and Ali Jamal of Wood Green ran the London-based Kurdish organised crime group that smuggled the raw materials into the country and processed in Essex to be sold across the UK.


A week later, on 3 September 2015, HMRC officers raided Oakleigh Nursery in Nazeing, Essex, and seized 323kg of hand-rolling tobacco with a range of machinery that was used to process the raw tobacco.



Agents from the Comptroller’s Office Field Enforcement Division confiscated contraband untaxed cigarettes during a traffic stop made by Maryland State Police on northbound I-95 in Cecil County.


The driver, Jermaine Shabazz Grant, 44, posted a $3,000 unsecured bond and was released on Thursday, the statement said.

The stop occurred at 6:24 p.m. when State Police Cpl. Brian Hinsch stopped a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck registered in Virginia for a traffic violation, the statement said. Hinsch discovered the contraband cigarettes and notified the Comptroller’s Office.

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26,390,000 illegal cigarettes seized by Latvia

From: The Baltic Course

Conducting physical control of rail cargos, customs officers of the State Revenue Service (VID) at Rezekne customs checkpoint, eastern Latvia, seized 26,390,000 illegal cigarettes, VID reported.

The train with contraband cigarettes arrived in Latvia from Russia.


The customs officers seized 2,139 boxes with Fest cigarettes and 500 boxes with NZ Gold cigarettes with Belarus excise labels. In total the customs officers seized 26,390,000 cigarettes.

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Four Individuals Arrested for Attempt to Smuggle Contraband Cigarettes from Mauritanian Coasts (Morocco)

From: Maghreb PRESS AGENCY

Rabat   –  The judicial police of Dakhla arrested, Friday, four individuals for their alleged involvement in an attempt to smuggle a large amount of contraband cigarettes from the Mauritanian coasts.

According to a statement by the national police (DGSN), the suspects were arrested on board a traditional boat in “La Sarga” beach, 8 km southwest of Dakhla, in possession of 111,000 boxes of contraband cigarettes of different types, packed in 222 large bags.

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Smuggled cigarettes, tobacco seized in North, South Thailand

From: Bangkok Post

Contraband foreign cigarettes and tobacco seized from the pickup truck carrying them from the Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi’s Sangkhla district. The driver (centre) was arrested. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen).

KANCHANABURI: Authorities seized contraband cigarettes and tobacco worth more than 800,000 baht smuggled through the Three Pagodas Pass border crossing in Sangkhla Buri district on Sunday evening.

Provincial excise officials, soldiers, police, defence volunteers and local officials intercepted a pickup truck on its way from the border pass at a checkpoint on Highway No.323 linking Sankhla Buri-Three Pagodas Pass on the Thai-Myanmar border.


The RCMP Is Spending Nearly $100 Million to Spy on the Mohawks’ Black Market Tobacco Trade

From: Vice

Editor’s Note: From 2014.

Weeks after the Conservative government deemed a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women too costly, they have allocated $91.7 million over five years for a surveillance program that seeks to stem the tide of the Mohawk-run…



Investigation Cendrier: Several arrests for trafficking illegal tobacco

From: Canada Police Report

Valleyfield, Quebec – RCMP officers from the Valleyfield Detachment are currently arresting several individuals as part of Project Cendrier. A total of 16 individuals from Quebec, Ontario and the United States are targeted by today’s operation. This strike dismantles a contraband tobacco network which operated primarily from the Akwesasne territory in New York State to the Kahnawake territory in Montérégie, via the Saint-François Lake waterway. Over 150 deliveries by boat were identified during the investigation.

Arrest warrants were issued for the following individuals:

In Quebec:

  • Frédéric Bordeleau-Beaupré, 21 yrs., from Rigaud


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).

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