Why Is Belize Central America’s Hub for Illicit Tobacco?

Editor’s Note: Also see, Belize’s Illegal Cigarette Trade.

From: The Reporter

By Benjamin Flowers

The Belize Police Department says that it is looking into a report of an alleged contraband cigarette smuggling ring, originating in Belize and branching out to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

At the scheduled press briefing on Thursday, the Department said that officials are inquiring into a report made by the Guatemalan media house, Guatevision, that millions of contraband cigarettes are bought in Belize and smuggled by boat to Puerto Barrios, avoiding customs officials.

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