Monthly Archives: December 2016

Five arrested for human smuggling in Massena-Cornwall-Akwesasne area

From: North Country Public Radio

U.S., Canadian, and Akwesasne Mohawk border agents arrested five people, and charged four of them, for human smuggling across international borders following a seven-month investigation, a multi-agency team announced Thursday.


The area, where the borders of two countries, two provinces, a state, and a native reservation meet in a maze-like cluster of islands in the St. Lawrence River, has been a notorious site for human, drug, and tobacco smuggling for decades.

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Cornwall Regional Task Force Seizes 3 Tons of Tobacco DEC 23, 2016

From: Cornwall Free News

Investigation results in 3 ton seizure: CRTF

On December 20, 2016, during an enforcement operation, the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) intercepted a cube van exiting a South Glengarry shoreline property. The traffic stop resulted in the seizure of 3,080 kilograms of contraband fine cut tobacco.

The following three (3) individuals from St-Jerome, Quebec were arrested:

  • Jonathan BOULAY (age 22)

  • David DORE (age 33)

  • Nancy SLAVINSKI (age 42)

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Genesee County outdoes the state when it comes to seizing illegal cigarettes

From: The Daily News


Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that his two-year-old Cigarette Strike Force had seized more than 53,000 cartons of illegal, untaxed cigarettes so far this year.

That’s a 117 percent increase from last year’s totals.

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Nearly 300,000 illegal cigarettes seized in Nova Scotia

From: Global News

RCMP and Service Nova Scotia seized nearly 300,000 illegal cigarettes in Lower Sackville, N.S. on Wednesday.


“Decreasing the sale and consumption of illegal tobacco is a core part of our work,” Mark Furey, minister of Service Nova Scotia said in a news release.

“Contraband tobacco takes tobacco tax revenue away from public services Nova Scotians rely on, compromises public safety through links to organized crime and undermines provincial health objectives.”

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EU report backs joint effort to trace illicit cigarettes

Editor’s Note: The proposed system can’t trace illegally-made cigarettes, a growing problem.

From: Financial Times

Tobacco industry says it should be allowed to manage tracking system itself

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