No surprises here, black market tobacco is growing [New Zealand]

From: Whale Oil Beef Hooked

by Cameron Slater


Police believe the black market is fuelling armed robberies and burglaries, with criminals targeting dairies and stealing tobacco products for resale rather than for personal use.

King says: “There’s going to be people shot over it [tobacco]. Someone is going to get killed.”

Customs are dreaming and the Police are picking up the pieces. At the select committee a few years back I told them this would happen, I also told them how easy it was to get hold of illicit tobacco. In Auckland a phone call and a bag of cash can get you a 40 foot container full of illicit tobacco inside 24 hours. I offered to prove it to the MPs, but they turned me down.

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