Monthly Archives: July 2014

Kahnawake set to regulate the tobacco industry on the reserve

From: The Montreal Gazette

 By Christopher Curtis, THE GAZETTE

MONTREAL — For the first time in its existence, Kahnawake’s tobacco industry will cede power to an elected commission charged with imposing regulations on the manufacturing and sale of aboriginal tobacco.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) published a draft law last week that would create a commission to oversee every aspect of the industry. Not unlike a provincial liquor board, the commission has the power to revoke a company’s tobacco licence if it does not comply with regulations and standards.

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ISS: Think again – Eritrean authoritarianism and human trafficking in the Sinai

From: defenseWeb

Written by ISS Africa

On the world map, there is no such thing as an ‘ungoverned space,’ bar the two poles and our woefully under-regulated oceans. It is a neat, practical system, where all land is accounted for and all people know where they belong. That’s the theory, at least. The reality is a little different.

A lot different, in fact – especially in parts of Africa, where governance is poor or non-existent, borders are permeable, people hold multiple identities and the illegal can flourish far away from regulation and the rule of law.


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Feds: Leland Yee shook down NFL team, ‘Shrimp Boy’ headed organized crime group

From: The Examiner


Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow led an organized crime outfit – the Chinatown-based fraternal organization Gee Kung Tong – whose members committed a raft of crimes such as racketeering, arms trafficking and murder-for-hire schemes, according to a new indictment filed Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The new indictment, which further details the alleged activities of Gee Kung Tong (which is also spelled Ghee Kung Tong) members, also details alleged bribes and payoffs taken by suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and his compatriot, former San Francisco school board member Keith Jackson.

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Northcom Commander: Transnational Gangs Pose Regional Threat

Editor’s Note: The transnational criminal gangs Gen. Jacoby is warning about traffic in cigarettes as well as drugs, guns and children. For more information, see the National Gang Intelligence Center’s 2013 report here.

From: US Department of Defense

By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2014 – Transnational criminal gangs based in Mexico and Central America pose a threat to the region, Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., the commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado yesterday.

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Subpoenas seek information on undercover cigarette sting


By Joe Beck

WOODSTOCK — A defense attorney in a cigarette trafficking case is seeking to subpoena undercover law enforcement officers and documents associated with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office anti-cigarette trafficking operations.

Records and testimony obtained through the subpoenas could shed unprecedented light on details of undercover cigarette transactions between the Sheriff’s Office and those involved in smuggling cigarettes, The smugglers buy the cigarettes in low tax states such as Virginia and take them for sale in New York and other high tax states.

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