Monthly Archives: July 2018

Manitoba Seizes More Than 100,000 Contraband Cigarettes

From: Government of Manitoba

Manitoba Finance’s Taxation Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has seized 112,700 contraband cigarettes following an investigation into their sale.

On July 24, at approximately 1:15 p.m., members of SIU arrested a 67-year-old Winnipeg man who was in the process of delivering contraband cigarettes.  Following searches of his residence and vehicle, 112,700 illegal cigarettes were seized along with $2,483.15 in cash and 94 grams of marijuana.

Graham Thomson is facing charges under The Criminal Code of Canada, The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, as well as The Excise Act, The Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act, and The Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act including possession of non-Manitoba marked tobacco and wilful evasion of paying Manitoba tobacco tax.

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‘Illegal cigarette trading a thriving enterprise’

From: Trinidad Daily Express

THE illicit tobacco trade on the black market is fast becoming a thriving criminal enterprise.

This was highlighted by Caribbean external affairs manager of British American Tobacco John Padgett as he addressed a seminar held in Suriname on June 20.

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Got your loosies here. NYC Cigarette smuggling and sales rampant with new taxes

Editor’s Note: Before buying loosies, see Rat droppings and human excrement: Illegal cigarettes mixed with harmful ingredients are putting Southampton’s smokers at risk and Potentially Fake Newport Cigarettes.


By: cobra-ak


Buttleggers love New York.

That’s because it is fertile ground for their illegal activities, since it is now more expensive than ever to buy smokes in the Big Apple.

New York has “the worst smuggling problem in America,” said Scott Drenkard, with the Tax Foundation.

The least one can now legally pay for a pack in New York City is $13, which was recently raised from $10.50.

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Who’s in charge? Records reveal ‘tug of war’ between RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency

From: National Post

Border security has become a major point of discussion on Parliament Hill as lawmakers wrangle over how to deal with the influx of asylum-seeking migrants, as well as the smuggling of handguns

Douglas Quan

The RCMP tried a few years ago to wrestle away control of organized crime investigations being pursued by the Canada Border Services Agency, newly released records show.


Figuring out who’s in charge of an investigation can be difficult when a case involves a mix of criminal, customs or immigration violations, such as an organized crime network that uses the border as a conduit for the movement of drugs, contraband tobacco, people or counterfeit goods.

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ATF reviewing jurisdiction in tobacco tax

Editor’s Note: See also Sen. Michael San Nicolas (Guam Legislature) Calls on US ATF to Take Action Against Contraband Tobacco.

From: The Guam Daily Post

Kevin Kerrigan
WAREHOUSE: A Mid Pacific Distributors Inc. bonded warehouse in Barrigada Heights is shown. The company stated it had self-reported millions of dollars in unpaid tobacco taxes and entered into an installment payment agreement with the Department of Revenue and Taxation. Post file photo
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