Monthly Archives: July 2012

800,000 contraband cigarettes found after man smashes car on Highway 540 (Quebec, Canada)

From: West Island Gazette

41-year-old lead SQ on 25-kilometre long police chase

Cheryl Cornacchia

A 41-year-old man arrested by Sûreté du Québec officers July 28, will face multiple charges related to the 800,000 contraband cigarettes found in a vehicle the man had been driving before he crashed on Highway 540.

The man was apprehended after SQ officers from the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Est detachment were tipped off by Ontario Provincial Police July 28, at around 4:15 a.m., said Constable Ingrid Asselin, a spokesperson for the SQ.

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Man convicted of selling counterfeit cigarettes (UK)

From: In Loughborough

A man caught selling counterfeit tobacco following a Trading Standards’ operation has been sentenced.

Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards officers seized more than 60 packets of cigarettes and rolling tobacco from Barham Rahim at the Ezee Shop, High Street, Loughborough.

The 22-year-old, from Balaclava Road, Derby admitted to six offences relating to the sale of counterfeit tobacco products.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court ordered him to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work in the community. Fines and costs were not awarded due to Rahim’s lack of funds and him now being unemployed.

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Special Reports: Smuggling at heart of Tajikistan violence

From: United Press International (UPI)

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, July 31 (UPI) — The  violence that led to the deaths of 48 people in Tajikistan was triggered by the  arrest of rebels on cigarette smuggling charges, the government says.

The Tajikistan Interior Ministry Sunday gave its first official account of  what led up to the slaying of regional security chief Gen. Abdullo Nazarov in  the country’s eastern Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region and the resulting  crackdown on Islamist rebels there that resulted in a wave of violence.

The ministry said 17 members of the security forces, 30 militants and one  civilian were killed in clashes in and around the Gorno-Badakhshan capital of  Khorog last week.

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Police Blotter: Counterfeit Cigarettes

From: Lawrenceville Patch (Lawrence Township, N.J.)


An investigation by Lawrence Township police and the New Jersey Division of Taxation resulted in the arrest of Vishal Patel, 34, of Edison, on charges alleging he sold counterfeit cigarettes from his shop, Fox’s Pizza, on Lawrenceville-Pennington Road, according to township police Detective Sgt. Joseph Amodio.

The investigation began in June when a township resident sent an email to Police Chief Daniel Posluszny complaining that Newport cigarettes she had allegedly purchased at Fox’s Pizza “tasted funny,” Amodio said.

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The Tobacco Pirates

From: Hot Air

Earlier this year we took a brief look at Illinois Governor Patt Quinn’s inspired and sure-fire plan to ease his state’s fiscal woes on the backs of smokers by raising the taxes on cigarettes. Estimates as to how much money this would bring in ranged from modest sums in the mere millions to roughly the national debt. It couldn’t miss.

With some time having passed to let the cash cow fatten, we should check back in and see what the fine citizens of the Land of Lincoln are doing with their new found largesse. I do hope they’re not all getting fat and lazy now that all of the state’s fiscal problems have been solved. Ahhh… happy days.

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