June 12, 2017

“CS-1 offered Jikia and Marat-Uulu a percentage of the sale of those cigarettes in exchange for assistance in killing and robbing the business partner.”

From: National Public Radio

Russians Charged With Racketeering (And Selling 10,000 Pounds Of Stolen Chocolate)


The darkest crime alleged is a murder-for-hire plot, with enough lurid details to make the complaint read like a juicy novel. According to the document, Nikoloz Jikia, 26, and Bakai Marat-Uulu, 25, both of Brooklyn, sold a revolver to an informant identified as CS-1. The informant allegedly discussed with the defendants killing and robbing the informant’s supposed business partner, who CS-1 said stored large trucks filled with contraband cigarettes.

May 9, 2017

JTI to close Shah Alam factory with 270 jobs to go

From: The Edge Markets

Kang Siew Li/The Edge Financial Daily

KUALA LUMPUR: JT International Bhd (JTI Malaysia) will close its plant in Shah Alam, Selangor, by the end of December this year, a move that will bring to an end its manufacturing operations in Malaysia.


For the past few years, the three major tobacco companies, namely BAT Malaysia, JTI Malaysia and Philip Morris (M) Sdn Bhd, have been lamenting over the steep increases in tobacco excise taxes they have to contend with and the challenging operating environment in Malaysia with regard to illegal cigarette trade which has impacted their business.

Australian Taxation Office and Victoria Police plough illegal tobacco crop in Cobram

From: Riverine Herald

by Rodney Woods


‘‘Depending on the conditions, tobacco crops are generally slashed in the first instance and then ploughed into the field. The ploughing of the field maybe undertaken on more than one occasion to ensure the crop is properly destroyed. Contractors are used to assist in this process,’’ an ATO spokesperson said.

The warrant action, which saw the seizure of three trucks and a tractor in addition to 5 tonnes of tobacco leaves, was the fourth in as many months, with similar searches uncovering millions of dollars’ worth of illegal tobacco in Victoria and NSW, the states in which the ATO has discovered the illegal crop is most frequently grown.

April 21, 2017

Hunt for on-the-run lorry driver caught smuggling millions of cigarettes through Dover

From: Kent News

Richard David Curtis, 57, from Bawtry, South Yorkshire failed to attend his trial at Maidstone Crown Court

Customs officers are searching for a lorry driver who has gone on the run after being caught smuggling more than 5.7 million cigarettes into the UK.

Richard David Curtis, 57, from Bawtry, South Yorkshire, failed to attend his trial at Maidstone Crown Court and was found guilty of evading more than £1.3 million in excise duty.

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March 13, 2017

Haudenosaunee CCTA Defendant May Not Use Indian Law as a Defense to Cigarette Trafficking Charge

From: Turtle Talk

Here are the materials in United States v. Tarbell (N.D.N.Y.):

24 Motion in Limine re Indian Cigarettes

29 Response

47 DCT Order on Motions in Limine

March 7, 2017

Wanted: Data Analyst

From: Transcrime | Research Center on Transnational Crime

Transcrime is the Research Centre on Transnational Crime of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan (www.transcrime.it), is looking for a brilliant and proactive data analyst to collaborate to a project on illicit trafficking.

The ideal candidate is expected to have a very good and documented knowledge of quantitative research methods, strong familiarity with the most common software for database management (e.g. Excel, Access) and statistical analysis (e.g., SPSS, Stata), and to be proficient in the data analysis and elaboration and in drafting reports.

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January 16, 2017

Moroccans Smoked 13.8 Billion Cigarettes in 2016

From: Morocco World News

By Ezzoubeir Jabrane

Casablanc – The Sale of tobacco in Morocco has seen a substantial increase during 2016, reaching 13.8 billion cigarettes and an increase of 9.8 percent compared to the previous year.


A survey conducted by the Administration of Customs and Indirect Taxes reveals that the contraband cigarettes dominated 7.46 percent of the Moroccan domestic market in 2016.
The survey that pertained to the prevalence of smuggled cigarettes also shows that this rate decreased from 14.02 percent in 2014 to 12.48 percent in 2015.

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January 13, 2017

Body formed to investigate illicit trade of cigarettes [Pakistan]

From: Business Recorder

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has constituted a joint committee comprising Director General (DG) Intelligence & Investigation Inland Revenue (IR), DG Intelligence & Investigation (Customs), Chief Commissioner IR RTOs, Peshawar/Islamabad/ Rawalpindi & CCIR Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU), Islamabad, to check/probe into illicit manufacturing/trade of cigarettes/tobacco.

Sources said that the decision was taken in the last Chief Commissioner Conference. It was stated during the proceedings of the conference that revenue from cigarette sector was not showing any improvement due to decrease in the production/sales of the formal sector of tobacco manufacturing/ trade.

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December 12, 2016

Border officer at Peace Bridge charged in cross-border tobacco smuggling probe

From: CBC | Hamilton

Canadian Border Services Agency calls arrest ‘an isolated incident’

The RCMP says a Canada Border Services Agency officer has been charged in a smuggling investigation.


Investigators say arrests and seizures were made simultaneously in Canada and the U.S. but gave no other details.

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November 29, 2016

Comptroller’s Office assists in the seizure of $173K worth of contraband tobacco

From: Eye on Annapolis

Comptroller Peter Franchot  announced that his Field Enforcement Division (FED) assisted in charges brought against four men from Baltimore and New York. Maryland State Police (MSP) and Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTAP) made three separate vehicle stops and FED officers conducted field inspections in the past two weeks, resulting in the confiscation of more than 26,000 packs of contraband cigarettes and more than 5,000 cigars for a total value of nearly $173,000.