“Many members of the organization have been tied to violent crimes, such as carjackings and armed robberies.”

From: WHSV.com

Leader of $30M ‘well-organized’ cigarette smuggling operation sentenced

Ebrahim Saif Alsaidi, 30, was sentenced to 85 years, of which he will serve three years and six months. 


Police say the crime was “well-organized,” with Alsaidi bringing associates to Henrico County from Michigan, North Carolina and New York to work for him.

He also utilized polygraphs on his employees to ensure loyalty, and tracked shipments with GPS tracking devices.

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The Tobacco Tycoon

From: Toronto Life

Ken Hill, the millionaire industrialist who built his fortune selling cigarettes on the Six Nations reserve, is in the fight of his life

Ken Hill is the most successful man you’ve never heard of. He’s also mounting one of the most audacious fights for Indigenous sovereignty since the founding of this country. Hill isn’t crusading on Parliament Hill or creating hashtags on social media. His battleground is the courtroom.


Three sentenced for trafficking contraband cigarettes in Mobile County

From: NBC 15

by Lindsey Bullard

Shameka Mallory, 40; Shahid Abassi, 42; and Sakhoeuth Khan, 33, were each sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution for trafficking contraband cigarettes at the Quick Stop Grocery located at 353 Cody Road.

They were three of five people arrested in an undercover operation by the Mobile Police Departmet and ATF in 2018

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Police seize truck loaded with 6-million contraband cigarettes in Cardinal

From: Ottawamatters

The tractor trailer was headed westbound on Highway 401.

The Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) has charged a 62-year-old Quebec man after uncovering 6-million contraband cigarettes inside a tractor trailer in Cardinal.

Officers stopped a westbound truck on Highway 401 near Exit 730 on March 26, around 10 p.m., and upon inspection of the vehicle, they found a massive quantity of unstamped cigarettes in its trailer.

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Paramilitaries linked to Irish border cigarette and alcohol contraband find

From: The Times (London)
The plant was uncovered inside a warehouse in north Louth/GARDA PRESS

Gardai believe republican paramilitaries were behind a cigarette-manufacturing and alcohol-bottling plant uncovered inside a warehouse in north Louth yesterday morning. The plant was capable of producing contraband with a street value of €25m a year.

The raid was carried out by the cross-border joint action task force, comprising gardai and customs officers stationed in the border counties.

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