Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tobacco Trafficking: Every Day It Makes Canada More Dangerous


By Alexander Quon
New Brunswick RCMP have charged a man with weapons and contraband offences after a traffic stop

New Brunswick RCMP have charged a man from Guelph, Ont., with 10 offences after a routine traffic stop in Hanwell, N.B.


Lyman Chatman was remanded into police custody and appeared in court on Thursday for a bail hearing on charges of:

  • Unsafe storage of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm when knowing it is unauthorized to do so
  • Possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
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Prison Officers Arrested For Trafficking Contraband (Trinidad and Tobago)

From: Caribbean New Media Group

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Counterfeit Cigarettes & Chopped-Up Ferraris

From: Birmingham Live

Chopped up Ferrari cars found in £3 million haul in Birmingham raid

Police swoop on container base and also discover alcohol and cigarettes

By Ben Hurst

Ferraris chopped up into pieces ready for shipping were discovered by police who raided dozens of storage containers suspected of being used by criminals.


As well supercar parts including steering wheels and brakes, they have also found counterfeit alcohol and tobacco with an estimated value of £3m.

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Battling Lebanese illicit tobacco trade needs cooperation: experts

From: The Daily Star
Confiscated products at the tobacco Regie’s warehouses in Beirut, Thursday, April 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

By Gasia Trtrian


According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime expert David Izadifar, the MENA region is one of the “rare regions” where tobacco consumption is on the rise.

This regional increase corresponds with a local increase in illicit trade. According to Regie general manager Nassif Seklaoui, local tobacco smuggling has surged in recent years, with 30 percent of tobacco products in the country being illicit in 2017 compared to around 6 percent in 2013.

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Italy sentences leaders of black market cigarette ring

From: New Europe

By Irene Kostaki

A criminal court in the northern Italian city of Turin has sentenced several individuals to prison and ordered the seizure of millions of euros worth of assets as part of a major trans-national tobacco contraband case that has involved law enforcement officials for years after first being uncovered by the European Anti Fraud Office (OLAF) more than half a decade ago.

Europe’s anti-fraud investigators, better known by their French acronym OLAF,  found that an international network of fictitious companies carried out illegal exports from the EU to destinations outside the bloc, while at the same time legally importing tobacco products from third countries which were then put into circulation in the EU without having to pay customs duties and taxes.

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