Monthly Archives: January 2015

Brothers Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute More Than $6.6 Million in Contraband Cigarettes

From: US Department of Justice |U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 29 , 2015

BALTIMORE, MD—Elmar Rakhamimov, a/k/a “Eric Rakhamimov,” age 42, of Owings Mills, Maryland, and his brother, Salim Yusufov, age 43, of Reisterstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy to traffic over $6.6 million in contraband cigarettes. Rakhamimov also pleaded guilty to trafficking in contraband cigarettes and distribution of oxycodone. Yusufov also pleaded guilty to health care fraud and to receipt and delivery of misbranded drugs.

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Police, convenience store owners at odds over contraband cigarette charges

From: Truro Daily News

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax

HALIFAX – Police have laid over 100 charges against several convenience store owners connected with contraband tobacco around Halifax, but some owners are taking issue with the term “contraband” and say they face fewer charges than is being reported.

On Wednesday, Insp. Glenn Lambe of the federal and serious organized crime unit and Bernie Meagher, director of audit and enforcement for Service Nova Scotia, told reporters the owners of Bridgeview Grocery on the Bedford Highway have been ordering large quantities of tobacco products from wholesalers, then illegally selling those cartons to retailers across HRM.

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China’s Ministry Of Commerce Pledges To Crack Down On Counterfeit Items Sold Online

From: Consumerist


After another Chinese government agency scolded e-commerce giant Alibaba and its eBayesque subsidiary Taobao over its mismanagement of its business and for selling or allowing bogus goods to be sold to the public, the country’s Ministry of Commerce has pledged to crack the whip on the online industry and try harder to prevent the sale of
counterfeit goods.


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Twelve charged, 116 charges laid in joint investigation targeting contraband tobacco, Dartmouth, N.S.

From: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCMP in Nova Scotia, Federal and Serious Organized Crime Unit and Service Nova Scotia Compliance and Special Investigations Unit have charged 12 individuals and searched five convenience stores as part of an investigation into contraband tobacco.

In September 2014, officers commenced an investigation into the possible illegal wholesaling of tobacco products across the Halifax region. Service Nova Scotia conducts joint investigations with the RCMP and other enforcement agencies to combat the illegal sale of tobacco products.

Contraband tobacco is any tobacco that does not comply with all federal and provincial laws, including those governing importation, stamping, marking, manufacturing, taxes and duties.

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100 Tory MPs to fight plain packaging on cigarettes

From: The Telegraph

Exclusive: 100 Conservative MPs are expected to vote against Government plans when the measure is put to a free vote of MPs in the next few weeks

By , Senior Political Correspondent

Up to 100 Tory MPs are planning to vote against Government plans to force tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packaging, The Telegraph can disclose.


Experts say that the plans would allow counterfeiters to cut the price of a packet of cigarettes to just £3 – more than half their cost at present.

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