Monthly Archives: April 2017

Is Ontario’s Budget Leaving Millions In Tobacco Smugglers Pockets?

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From: National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT)

Ontario Budget Leaves Millions In Tobacco Smugglers Pockets

Ontario should look to Quebec, where enhanced enforcement netted $180 million in 2015-2016

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What Does Brexit Mean for Tobacco Traffickers?

From: Irish Examiner

Huge haul of cigarettes and fuel seized by Revenue

Almost 45 million cigarettes worth €23.5m were seized in 2016 while nearly 400,000 litres of fuel were confiscated, according to the Revenue’s annual report.


Trade group Retailers Against Smuggling said the continued problem showed the Government needed to provide more resources to combat smuggling, particularly in light of Brexit.

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The Corrupting Power of Contraband Tobacco: Two Former Local Law Enforcement Officers Plead Guilty to Trafficking In Contraband Cigarettes

From: US Department of Justice/U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

Three Men, Including Two Former Local Law Enforcement Officers, Plead Guilty to Trafficking In Contraband Cigarettes

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JUSTIN BROWN, age 30, and JOSHUA CARTHON, age 32, both of New Orleans, pled guilty today to interstate transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises. Additionally, co-defendant, ANWAR ABDELMAJID-AHMAD, a/k/a Tony, age 29, of Gretna, pled guilty to conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin, and federal firearms violations.

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Stoke-on-Trent Tobacco Control Alliance: People who deal in illegal tobacco are more likely to encourage others – especially children and young adults – to smoke

From: The Stoke Sentinel

Stoke trader sold dodgy fags to kids – and then told them not to smoke near his shop

By P_Cullinane


Following the case, Councillor Randy Conteh, who is chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent Tobacco Control Alliance, said: “Smoking can cause serious health problems for young people and it’s very important these test purchasing exercises are carried out to ensure traders are complying with this very necessary law. The additional offence of selling counterfeit tobacco makes this an even more serious case.

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Google Search Shows Why Menthol Cigarette Bans Are Doomed to Fail: Black Market is Already Gearing Up

San Francisco is seeking to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. Canada is continuing with its plans for a national ban on menthol cigarettes and the EU’s ban on menthol cigarettes comes into effect in 2020. Meanwhile, the black market is staying a step ahead of regulators. A quick Google search for Contraband Cigarettes demonstrates that black market is getting ready for the large-scale, illegal manufacturing of menthol flavored cigarettes. Think North American criminals can’t manufacture massive quantities of illegal cigarettes? Think again.


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