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.


Enormous £138m bootleg cigarette factory is smashed

From: Birmingham Mail

Ten arrested over racket which churned out 35 million fags a month

An enormous bootleg tobacco factory – responsible for an eye-watering £138 milllion fraud – has been smashed in Birmingham.

Ten men, all from Brazil and Paraguay, are set to be deported after they were arrested in the raid.

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Dover: Lorry driver caught smuggling cigarettes into UK

From: Kent Online

by Leo Whitlock

A lorry driver was caught smuggling 2.6 million fake cigarettes into the UK, hidden behind boxes of rotten apples.

Officers discovered the load, worth £655,327, after Polish Pawel Michal Maroszek, 32, was stopped by Border Force officials in Dover.

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Hong Kong customs officers seize 20 million cigarettes in biggest operation since 2007

From: South China Morning Post

Officers believe the HK$54 million haul of Greek cigarettes was destined to be returned to Europe as the brand is not popular in this part of the world

Clifford Lo

Hong Kong customs officers believe they have dealt a heavy blow to an international smuggling syndicate following the seizure of HK$54 million worth of contraband cigarettes which arrived from Vietnam.


The two containers, whose goods were declared as plastic boxes, arrived from Haiphong in Vietnam on Friday last week before being selected for inspection at the customs cargo examination compound in Tsing Yi on Wednesday.


CRTF Seizes Two Tons of Contraband Tobacco In Two Weeks [Canada]

From: Press Release

CORNWALL, ON, Aug. 3, 2016 /CNW/ – During the late evening hours of July 19th, 2016, members of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) were notified of suspicious activity occurring at a shoreline South Glengarry, Ontario residence.  As members converged to the location, they observed a vehicle depart the shoreline, without headlights. Police initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle, a 2002 Pontiac Montana van, to further investigate.  As the van came to a stop, its two occupants exited the vehicle and ran in an effort to flee police.  One of the occupants, Joey BOUCHARD (age 18) from St-Stanislas-De-Kostka, Quebec, was apprehended by police following a short foot pursuit.  The second male was successful in avoiding capture.

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