Monthly Archives: February 2012

State Police bust Va. to N.Y. cigarette smuggling run; 4,600 packs seized


BERLIN — State Police arrested two people late Wednesday for moving 4,600 packs of cigarettes across state lines, from Virginia into New York.

Troopers charged Demba Maiga, 41, of Greensboro, N.C., and Mussa Cisse, 25, of Bronx, N.Y., with transport and possession of untaxed cigarettes. Both were arrested and taken before a Worcester County District Court Commissioner.

It was about 11:15 p.m. Feb. 15 when a Trooper pulled over a grey 2004 Honda Accord with North Carolina plates for an “equipment violation” on northbound Route 113 near Harrison Road in Berlin.

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Businessman shot because of ‘argument over counterfeit cigarettes’

 From: STV

The lawyer of a man accused of arranging the murder of his brother has told a jury it was not planned.

Toby Siddique, 38, was allegedly shot in the head on the orders of his brother because of a long-running row about the running of their property company.

Mo Siddique, 42, denies being part of a plan which led to a Bulgarian hit-man pushing a pistol into his brother’s face in a flat in Glenrothes, Fife.

In his closing speech to a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh today, defence QC Derek Ogg insisted: “It is not a conspiracy it is a cock-up.”

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Salem store owner denied bail in alleged $9.6 million untaxed-cigarette sales scheme


By Michael Williams

SALEM — A city store owner charged in an alleged $9.6-million conspiracy to obtain and sell contraband, untaxed cigarettes was denied bail in federal court Friday.

Wael “Wally” Khasharmeh, 38, of Gibbstown, and owner of the AMW Supermarket, located at 136 W. Broadway, was denied bail by U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden federal court, according to authorities.

Khasharmeh was arrested Tuesday along with five others in connection with the alleged conspiracy, but is the only one who remains in custody without bail, authorities said.

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Ex-officers admit running guns, cigarettes

By Staten Island Advance

A former NYPD police officer and a New Jersey corrections officer both pleaded guilty to federal charges yesterday of participating in a conspiracy run by law enforcement officers — including five Staten Islanders — to illegally transport assault rifles, stolen slot machines and cigarettes across state lines.

NYPD Officer Marco Venezia, 46, of Brooklyn and New Jersey Corrections Officer David Kanwisher, 39, of Tuckerton, N.J., both pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport firearms interstate and one count of conspiracy to transport and receive stolen merchandise.

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Tobacco Contraband Prevalence in U.K. Grows

From: NACS Online

Findings suggest that one in seven packs of cigarettes is contraband, resulting in billions of lost revenue a year in unpaid taxes as well as increased health risks for consumers.

LONDON – A new study of discarded cigarette packets in the U.K. has revealed that black market tobacco and fake cigarettes account for one out of every seven packs of cigarettes consumed in the region, the Daily Mail reports.

The finding corresponds to a loss of roughly £2billion ($3.2 billion U.S.) a year in unpaid taxes as well as increased health risks. Fake cigarettes have been found to contain higher levels of chemicals such as arsenic, lead and cadmium

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