Monthly Archives: November 2012

Other Dangerous Counterfeit Products

From: The Irvine Herald (Scotland)

Women warned of fake goods danger

Women are being warned of a growing trade in fake cosmetics, tanning creams and slimming tablets which can be ineffective and sometimes harmful.

Police say counterfeit criminals are also extending their range to alcohol, condoms and ovulation kits.

Officers with the Scottish Crime and Drugs Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) will warn women of the dangers of buying fake goods and how to spot them at the Girls’ Day Out exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow this weekend.

Their advice is that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is

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DA nabs alleged cigarette hawkers

From: Queens Chronicle

Nearly 700 cartons and $132K in cash found tax-free smoke bust

by Joseph Orovic

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Wednesday charged a mother and son with violating New York State tax laws after seizing about 677 cartons of untaxed Asian cigarettes and $132,000 in cash from a grocery store, garage and bank in Flushing.

Ying-Jian Lin, 48, and her son, Xiao Lin, 23, both of 132-21 Sanford Ave., were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging them with various violations of the state’s Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax law.

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Suspicious activity

From: Hull Daily Mail

PROJECT Yali was launched last month to clamp down on smuggling through Hull’s port.

International crime gangs are using sea ports to import illegal drugs, cigarettes and guns, alongside increased terrorism threats and human trafficking.

Humberside Police aims to tackle the problem in East Yorkshire by encouraging lorry drivers and other port users to report anything suspicious.

In partnership with Crimestoppers, P&O Ferries, Associated British Ports, UK Border Force and the Counter Terrorism Unit, the force is targeting those working in transport-  ation to exchange infor-  mation and intelligence about criminal activity.

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Trained sniffer dogs uncover counterfeit cigarette smokescreen

From: Dream Dogs

by Mark Glenning

It is an issue that is getting worse in the United Kingdom, but it seems that trained sniffer dogs are now helping to rectify the problem.

As more and more people sell counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco on the black market, big brands are losing out on profit and the Government misses out on tax. To tackle this crime, HM Revenue and Customs and Notts Trading Standards joined forces to raid five different premises on Wednesday, November 2. Joining them were Labradors Murphy and Ozzie, who are both trained sniffer dogs.

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Convenience store operators fear more cigarette smuggling if Cornwall border station moved

From: Ottawa Citizen

By Ian MacLeod

OTTAWA — A plan to relocate the Canadian border station at Cornwall on to  nearby American soil will leave Canada more vulnerable to Akwesanse cigarette  smugglers and organized mobsters, says the association representing the  country’s convenience store operators.

“There’s no opposition to wanting to make the Cornwall border crossing more  effective and efficient because it certainly is not right now. What there is  opposition to is how the proposed move will increase contraband tobacco,” and  further penalize legitimate cigarette sellers, said Alex Scholten, president of  the Canadian Convenience Stores Association.

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