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).


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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