Monthly Archives: February 2018

Australian Senate Committee Hearing on Illicit Tobacco: Border force admits cost of tobacco and regulation is driving illicit trade

From: Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

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Unorthodox Illicit Trade Financing: Case Studies in Cigarettes and Medicine

From: Matters of State

The global illicit trade and financing market is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, with smugglers and financiers engaging in unorthodox illicit dealings with goods like cigarettes and medicine. Several global initiatives have tried to stem the growing trend of illicit trade and financing to protect legitimate businesses and customers. Listen as we analyze a few case studies of illicit trade and discuss international efforts to combat these practices.

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Former Soldier Stationed at Fort Bragg Pleads Guilty to Cigarette Smuggling

From: Department of Justice | U.S. Attorney’s Office/Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that yesterday in federal court, before United States District Judge Terrance W. Boyle, JONATHON REX LEACH, 33, of Raleigh, pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes.

LEACH was indicted on November 21, 2017, along with 4 others members of this criminal enterprise.

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Puerto Rico authorities seize cocaine and contraband cigarettes, two US citizens arrested


FAJARDO, Puerto Rico — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents and Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) officers collaborated on Sunday to seize 174 pounds (78.7 kilos) of cocaine and 152 cartons of cigarettes found on board a private vessel that was towed out of the water. The estimated value of the seized narcotics is $1.9 million.

“This is the second incident in which our AMO crews have detected smuggling attempts through the eastern coast of the island,” said Johnny Morales, director of air operations. “We remain committed to work with other law enforcement partners to detect and deter these intrusions.”

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Las amistades peligrosas de los políticos gallegos con el narcotráfico | The dangerous friendships of Galician politicians with drug trafficking

Editor’s Note: Translated from the Spanish original.

From: Público

Luis Landeira

The dangerous friendships of Galician politicians with drug trafficking


Vicente Otero ‘ Terito ‘

Manuel Fraga Iribarne himself, a minister with Franco and founder of Alianza Popular, was related to traffickers. According to Nacho Carter, “Fraga was an intimate friend of Vicente Otero ‘ Terito ‘, who was in the famous shooting between capos in the Parador in Cambados, in 1982, where it was apparently not discussed drugs, but how much money was going to donate to Popular Alliance.” Terito was the true godfather of tobacco, whose smuggling was his specialty, and his relationship with other drugs was never demonstrated. He received a gold medal and brilliant for his dedication to the party of Fraga.

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