Monthly Archives: January 2018

Drug dealer sold illegal cigarettes and tobacco to pay off four-figure debt

From: Gazette Live

Phillip Cooper got a suspended sentence after being caught dealing skunk last year :: He faced court again for offences relating to fake cigarettes

By Toni Guillot

A drug dealer claimed he was forced to sell thousands of illicit cigarettes and counterfeit tobacco to pay off his debt, a court heard.

Phillip Raymond Cooper, 57, was spared jail in October last year after high-strength skunk cannabis was found at his home where he cared for his disabled wife.

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Three arrested over fly-in fly-out illicit tobacco ring

From: Australian Border Force

Three Chinese nationals have been arrested and charged over their alleged involvement in a highly-organised tobacco smuggling syndicate operating through Melbourne International Airport.

Based on intelligence gathered from previous operations, officers from the Australian Border Force’s (ABF) Tobacco Strike Team and Aviation Traveller team began investigating a large number of passengers arriving from South-East Asian ports.

Over the course of the investigation, more than 40 individuals were identified bringing in large amounts of illicit tobacco packed in suitcases.

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UK Government Policy Paper: Tobacco Duty: Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing of tobacco manufacturing machinery

From: UK Government Parliamentary Policy Paper

Tobacco Duty: Illicit Trade Protocol – licensing of tobacco manufacturing machinery

This tax information and impact note is about HMRC’s additional powers to stop Excise Duty evasion on tobacco products through control of tobacco product manufacturing machinery.

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What is Facebook’s Responsibility for Serving as the Sales Platform for Radioactive Counterfeit Cigarettes?

From: Daily Record

Sick crooks push cheap cigarettes on Facebook laced with potentially life-threatening chemicals

BRITAIN is a prime target for tobacco smugglers, who take advantage of smokers’ dismay at the rising tax on the habit.

By Keith McLeod

A customs officer shows counterfeit cigarettes seized by authorities (Image: AFP)

Earlier this month, the Record revealed how fake cigarettes laced with radioactive material were intercepted in Poland.

The counterfeit fags were found to contain strontium 90, a radioactive isotope produced when atomic weapons explode.

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What do Europeans think about illegal cigarettes?

Eurobsit – European Observatory on Illicit Trade

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