Arrests Again Point to Paraguay President’s Contraband Cigarettes

From: InSight Crime

Brief Written by C.H. Gardiner and Parker Asmann

Cigarettes manufactured by a firm belonging to the family of Paraguay’s president have once again been seized after being smuggled across the border into Brazil, firmly pointing towards the involvement of powerful Paraguayan elites in the booming business.


InSight Crime Analysis

With members of Brazil’s powerful PCC found to be distributing cigarettes manufactured by Tabacalera Del Este, there are substantial implications that criminal groups may be allied with political elites in Paraguay to benefit from the lucrative industry.

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