Monthly Archives: August 2018

To Understand the Contraband Cigarette Trade, Follow the Money

Editor’s Note: Also see Want to Support Al-Qaeda? Buy Cheap Cigarettes.

A Brooklyn man who was indicted for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes in Eltingville has reportedly flown overseas and did not appear at his arraignment in state Supreme Court, St. George. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — He left on a jet plane, and authorities want a Brooklyn man accused of selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island back here again.

But whether or not Moatasem Okal returns from Jordan is another matter.

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Lithuanians detained contraband of Belarusian cigarettes for 2 million euros. Belarusian driver arrested | Литовцы задержали контрабанду белорусских сигарет на 2 миллиона евро. Белорусский водитель арестован

From: Hrodna Life

24 августа 2018 на дороге из Литвы в Польшу (Каунас — Сувалки) мобильная бригада сотрудников литовской таможни остановили для проверки обычную с виду фуру на белорусских номерах, пишет

По документам машина двигалась в Германию, а вот вместо заявленных деревянных поддонов перевозила огромную контрабанду сигарет производства Беларуси.

Машина везла на Запад сигареты «Фестиваль», «NZ», «Минск» с белорусскими акцизными марками в количестве 11 млн. 650 тыс. штук. Лишь только в Литве товар был оценен на сумму более 1 млн.800 тыс. евро, в Германии эта цифра увеличилась бы еще больше.

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Authorities from 15 Latin American countries meet to discuss how to fight contraband

From: Press Release

Flávio Simonetti

This week the Latin American Anti-Contraband Alliance (ALAC) is meeting for the first time in Brazil. The objective of the event, which includes authorities and specialists from 15 countries, is to establish shared actions between governments and civil entities to fight the illegal trade of products such as cigarettes, textiles, drinks, sporting goods, audio-visual products, and food.

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Maryland Comptroller FED Agents Arrest NY Man in Eastern Shore Cigarette Stop

From: Comptroller of Maryland


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (August 27, 2018) – Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced that agents from his Field Enforcement Division (FED) have arrested a New York man who has been charged in Maryland as a result of a surveillance operation on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

“My FED agents’ vigilance protects Maryland businesses and taxpayers from those who try to cheat the system with their illegal activities in transporting tobacco products through our state,” Comptroller Peter Franchot said. “I am very proud of their dedicated service and steadfast ability to identify these criminals.”

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Forum Highlights Links between Smuggling, Organized Crime in Latin America

From: Latin American Herald Tribune

BRASILIA – Smuggling, estimated to be an $80 billion a year business in Latin America, is an obstacle to economic development, speakers said on Tuesday at a meeting of the Latin American Anti-Smuggling Alliance, which brings together officials and private sector actors from a dozen nations.

The smuggling business is now connected to organized crime, said the Brazilian member of the ALAC board, Edson Luiz Vismona.

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