Monthly Archives: May 2017

Transnational Crime in Africa Fuels Global Terrorism

From: Voice of America

As the world has grown increasingly interconnected, fast-evolving technologies, globalization, and trade liberalization have all but removed many traditional barriers to free movement of goods and people, and facilitated rapid transnational business, trade, and banking transactions.

Transnational criminal networks are among the great beneficiaries of these developments. Today, such organizations “employ the latest technological advances and use commercial jets, fishing vessels, and container ships to move drugs, people, small arms, crude oil, cigarettes, counterfeit and pirated goods, and toxic waste through the region, generating massive profits,” said Senior Director for National Security and Diplomacy Anti-Crime Programs at the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, David Luna.

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Contraband Cigarettes Cost Greece up to €1 Billion per Year

From: Greek Reporter

By Philip Chrysopoulos


It’s easy to find contraband cigarettes and tobacco in Athens. In markets, flea markets and the Exarchia neighborhood you can find any “brand” you like at one euro a pack. Almost four times less than you can buy a legal pack at a kiosk. Even those who are hit the hardest by the crisis can afford to satisfy their craving with one euro.

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US Marshals capture 2 federal prisoners who escaped from western Virginia US penitentiary for contraband cigarettes & narcotics

From: U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico

US Marshals capture 2 federal prisoners who escaped from western Virginia US penitentiary

After nearly 3 weeks on the run, both escaped prisoners in custody in Mexico

WASHINGTON – Two federal prisoners who escaped from U.S. Penitentiary Lee in Lee County, Virginia, May 3 were apprehended in Mexico today.

U.S. Marshals worked closely with Mexican law enforcement authorities to locate and apprehend Salah Mohamed, 35, and Kamal Qazah, 37.

Qazah was sentenced in the Western District of North Carolina in 2012 to 18 years in prison for his role in a cigarette smuggling ring operating in North and South Carolina from August 2009 to November 2011.

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Tackling drug flows, organized crime and terrorism in airports focus of discussions at Crime Commission

From: United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime

30 May 2017 –  Despite global efforts in fighting drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and acts of terrorism, such crimes continue to take place in the airports. In this context, the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) – a UNODC, World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) initiative – aims to enhance the capacity of international airports in the detection and interdiction of illicit trafficking and suspicious passengers in origin, transit and destination countries.


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Industry should take lead on Track, Trace & Authentication (TT&A) governance

From: EurActiv

By Craig Stobie | Domino

Craig Stobie is global life sciences manager at Domino, a British-based developer of commercial inkjet printing, thermal transfer printing, print and apply machines, digital printing presses and laser printing products.

The EU wants to tackle counterfeit pharmaceuticals and tobacco. Tracking, tracing and authentication (TT&A) has a big role to play in this. But who should be tasked with implementing and monitoring it? Craig Stobie explains how the problem should be handled.

Last year, the European Commission reported that more than 40 million products suspected of violating an intellectual property right, with a total value of nearly €650m, were detained at the EU’s external borders.

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