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 (, 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.

October 28, 2016

Three Arrested for Smuggling Chinese Cigarettes Into Guatemala

From: The Costa Rica Star

Guatemala City, Oct. 20 — An Asian man has been arrested along with two Guatemalans in the capital of the Central American country after being accused of coordinating the entry of a container filled with cigarettes smuggled from China, judicial sources said.


Through the company A & R World Guatemala, S. A., the detainees allegedly coordinated the entry of a container from the Chinese port city of Shanghai carrying counterfeit contraband cigarettes.

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September 26, 2016

Contraband cigarettes seized from southern bombers [Thailand]

From: Bangkok Post


Some of the smuggled cigarettes are shown at the southern forward command of the Internal Security Operations Command in Yarang district, Pattani, on Monday. (Photo by Abdulloh Benjakat)

Security authorities have seized nearly 9,000 packets of smuggled cigarettes worth about 3.34 million baht in Pattani province from members of an insurgent
group believed behind multiple bombings in the far South.

Soldiers and police found the cigarettes hidden in a rubber plantation in Ban Prang village of tambon Tha Kamcham in Pattani’s Nong Chik district on Monday.

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August 29, 2016

Criminals, Terrorists Often Have Ties to Counterfeit Goods

From: VOA Learning English Channel


August 24, 2016

Shop fined for dangerous, counterfeit cigarettes


 Efforts were made to put sniffer dogs off the scent Credit: Portsmouth City Council

A Portsmouth shop has been fined £7,000 for the supply of dangerous illicit tobacco.


The business was one of three targeted by Portsmouth City Council’s trading standards team, backed by police and HMRC officers, following tip-offs that cigarettes were being hidden in shops and sold under the counter.

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