Monthly Archives: June 2016

Carreras issues warning about counterfeit cigarettes on the market [Jamaica]

From: Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Local cigarette distributor Carreras says it is aware of attempts to sell counterfeit Craven ‘A’ cigarettes across the island.

A news release from the company on Tuesday said the counterfeit products are being sold in Kingston and St Andrew, Montego Bay, St James, and in the Linstead/Bog Walk area of St Catherine.

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US & Australian Military Personnel Join Transnational Organized Crime Groups, Smuggle Cigarettes

From: Sydney Morning Herald

US airmen, Border Force members allegedly join crime gangs involved in smuggling

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker


Sydney-based US Air Force personnel, Australian Border Force officials and Commonwealth-licensed customs brokers are suspected to have joined international crime syndicates involved in smuggling illicit goods into the country.

The revelations come as top security expert Neil Fergus warns that border security gaps may be exploited by terrorists, and former NSW police commissioner Ken Moroney says the Coalition’s decision to scrap an anti-corruption board will increase customs graft.

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‘N. Korea selling counterfeit money to terrorists’

From: The Korea Times

By Yi Whan-woo

North Korea is suspected of working with international criminal organizations and terrorist groups to circulate counterfeit American and Chinese currencies, North Korean defectors and analysts in Seoul said Monday.

They also said the cash-strapped regime may try to expand trafficking networks in drugs, weapons, cigarettes, and counterfeit luxury goods as alternative means to generate hard currency following a series of sanctions against it.

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Over a Third of Cigarettes Contraband [Iran]

From: Financial Tribune

Contraband cigarettes account for 35-40% of the domestic market, a former CEO of Iranian Tobacco Company said. Mohammad Hossein Barkhordar was also quoted as saying by ISNA that close to 8.5 billion sticks of cigarettes were smuggled into the country in the last Iranian year (March 2015-16), indicating a 29% decline compared to the previous year, according to Iran’s Headquarters to Combat Smuggling of Commodities and Foreign Exchange. Some 29 billion cigarettes were also produced inside the country during the same period, while imports stood at 16.4 billion. In the capital city Tehran, cigarettes and tobacco topped the list of confiscated smuggled goods during the first two months of the current Iranian year (started March 20), according to Tehran’s Industries, Mining and Trade Organization.

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Why Bust Untaxed Cigarette Vendors in NYC? To Find Truckloads of Heroin and Cocaine


Huge drug bust inside Bushwick, Brooklyn, candy shop



The State Finance Department was initially investigating the shop for untaxed cigarettes, but became suspicious of something more tipping police.

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