Monthly Archives: April 2015

Advertising campaign against tobacco contraband.

From: Vimeo

JTI Contrabando from Art & Life Proyectos Visuales on Vimeo.

JTI Contrabando

Producer: Rubén Castellano |
Motion graphics: Ignacio Flórez
Agency: McCann Erikson |

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Final Defendant Convicted After Five Day Trial of Conspiracy to Distribute Over $6.6 Million in Contraband Cigarettes

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

His Father Pleaded Guilty to Participating in the Scheme Just Before Trial

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury today convicted Nikolay Zakharyan, age 24, of Owings Mills, Maryland, for conspiracy to receive, possess, sell and distribute over $6.6 million in contraband cigarettes, that is, cigarettes on which the applicable state taxes have not been paid.  Nikolay’s father, Artur Zakharyan, age 54, of Reisterstown, pleaded guilty before trial to his participation in the conspiracy.

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Cigarette Smugglers Get Busted In Poland (23 pics)


Poland takes cigarette smuggling very seriously. Over the years they’ve busted many potential smugglers. These are just a few pictures of people who thought they could get away with it.

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Counterfeit cigarettes ‘high in heavy metals’

From: Securing Industry

Phil Taylor

A study of counterfeit cigarettes seized in the US supply chain has found that are almost always loaded with lead and cadmium, heavy metals known to be hazardous to health.

In the sampling study, researchers analysed 23 packs of cigarettes intercepted by various law enforcement agencies and found that on average their lead concentrations were around 10-fold higher than genuine equivalents, with cadmium levels approximately five times higher.

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Cyprus: No State Immunity In Commercial Agreements Targeting Contraband Cigarettes

From: Mondaq

Article by Costas  Stamatiou | Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC

On March 18 2015 the Supreme Court examined Appeal 109/2009 against a decision made by the Limassol District Court to set aside orders obtained by Tlais Enterprises Limited to seal and serve an action in the district court against Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the UK tax and customs authority.1


From 2002 to 2005 Tlais was the exclusive agent in Cyprus of Gallaher International Limited, a major UKbased multinational tobacco company now owned by Japan Tobacco. Their relationship, particularly its termination, had already been the subject of litigation in the English courts.2

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