Monthly Archives: February 2012

Feds bust $9.6 million cigarette smuggling ring

From: CliffordPilot.com

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Federal authorities in New Jersey have busted a $9.6 million cigarette smuggling scheme that they said was operated by six men out of three locations — including a store that they said was bought with some of the proceeds.

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The defendants paid for the cigarettes in one instance with a Mercedes Benz and in another with a shotgun and a box truck.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the crew “used a business model that dodged millions in taxes at the expense of the public.:

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Public Has No Idea What’s Contained in Fake Cigarettes According to E Cigarettes Exposed

Dallas, TX — (SBWIRE) — 02/14/2012 — See why the public has no idea what’s being placed into fake cigarettes and how this may effect public health dramatically. Chemicals contained within fake cigarette products now released for viewing. United States- Feb 9, 2012-E Cigarettes Exposed has just released pertinent information regarding fake cigarettes and what’s actually contained in them the public has no knowledge of. The news comes as shocking to consumers globally as many people have already switched from traditional forms of smoking to fake cigarettes in hopes of removing health risk only to find out this may not be the case as E Cigarettes Exposed explains.

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Do you know what you’re smoking? … 1 in 7 packs of cigs smuggled or fake

From: This is Grimsby

ONE in seven packets of cigarettes in North East Lincolnshire is smuggled or fake, it has been revealed.

Trading standards officers collected more than 1,350 discarded cigarette packets from across the borough, and one in seven of them was found to be illegal.

Revealing for the first time the area’s illegal sales trade, they were either counterfeit – posing a bigger risk to health – or tax and duty had been evaded, hitting the taxpayer in the pocket.

The news comes as a Grimsby man appeared before magistrates after he admitted possessing 4,620 illegal cigarettes.

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Customs swoops on illicit cigarette smuggling syndicate in Sheung Shui

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs yesterday (February 11) swooped on a cross-boundary illicit cigarette smuggling syndicate in Sheung Shui.On board a cross-boundary lorry, a total of 92 boxes containing 1.1 million sticks of duty-not-paid cigarette were found.The total value is about $2.8 million with a duty potential of $1.9 million.In the operation, two men, aged 41 and 54 respectively, were arrested and the cross-boundary lorry was seized.

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MP warns about dangers of illegal tobacco

From: Hastings & St. Leonards Observer

SMOKERS need a ‘wake-up call’ on the increased health risks caused by illegal tobacco, said Hastings MP Amber Rudd.

She said that people buying under-the-counter cigarettes for a few pounds might not be so inclined to do so if they knew more about the level of harmful chemicals that these cheap packets contained.

Ms Rudd added: “I think they think what they are doing is buying the same cigarettes that they would get in Spain, or Belgium.

“What people need is a wake-up call, as smokers deserve to get the least damaging cigarettes.”

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