10 million illicit cigarettes caught by Australian Customs

From: Transport and Logistics News

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers have charged a man after he allegedly attempted to smuggle more than 10 million cigarettes into Australia in sea cargo containers.

On 10 October 2018, ABF officers identified two containers at the Melbourne Container Examination Facility. Upon further examination, both were found to contain pallets of illicit cigarettes.

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Seven arrested after raid on illegal cigarette factory


Police and finance ministry investigators on Wednesday busted an illegal cigarette factory in Noord-Brabant, arresting seven people. The production line was hidden in a warehouse in the village of Lithoijen, near Oss. In total, investigators found eight million cigarettes ready to be sold. Judging from the empty boxes of tobacco, they say some 4.5 tonnes of tobacco may have been processed in the factory.

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Woman fined over $63K for illegal cigarettes

From: 980 CJME

A Saskatchewan woman is facing over $63,000 in fines after pleading guilty to illegal tobacco charges.

Monique Blanche Milliken of Beatty, Sask., was arrested in April 2017 after RCMP found about 200,000 illegal cigarettes and $5,000 in cash during a traffic stop.

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Cambodian Authorities seize 35 tonnes of fake cigarettes

From: Khmer Times
Police checked a box of fake cigarettes in the factory yesterday. Police

Anti-economic crime police on Tuesday raided a factory producing counterfeit cigarettes and seized 35 tonnes of the product in Kandal province.

Long Sreng, head of the anti-economic crime department, said on Tuesday that the raid was carried out in collaboration with local authorities following a complaint from the company authorised to produce the cigarettes under the ESSE brand.

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Operation KUS targets Armenian and Georgian ‘mafia’ in Spain


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Spain clamps down on the organized crime and concurrently pursues its geopolitical goals. Photo: The CrimeRussia


Duo jailed after tobacco factory find


By Liz Wells

Two men have been jailed for a total of more than 11 years after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) dismantled a tobacco factory that could have swamped the UK with millions of illicit cigarettes.

Mariwan Fatah from Enfield and Ali Jamal of Wood Green ran the London-based Kurdish organised crime group that smuggled the raw materials into the country and processed in Essex to be sold across the UK.


A week later, on 3 September 2015, HMRC officers raided Oakleigh Nursery in Nazeing, Essex, and seized 323kg of hand-rolling tobacco with a range of machinery that was used to process the raw tobacco.



Agents from the Comptroller’s Office Field Enforcement Division confiscated contraband untaxed cigarettes during a traffic stop made by Maryland State Police on northbound I-95 in Cecil County.


The driver, Jermaine Shabazz Grant, 44, posted a $3,000 unsecured bond and was released on Thursday, the statement said.

The stop occurred at 6:24 p.m. when State Police Cpl. Brian Hinsch stopped a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck registered in Virginia for a traffic violation, the statement said. Hinsch discovered the contraband cigarettes and notified the Comptroller’s Office.

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26,390,000 illegal cigarettes seized by Latvia

From: The Baltic Course

Conducting physical control of rail cargos, customs officers of the State Revenue Service (VID) at Rezekne customs checkpoint, eastern Latvia, seized 26,390,000 illegal cigarettes, VID reported.

The train with contraband cigarettes arrived in Latvia from Russia.


The customs officers seized 2,139 boxes with Fest cigarettes and 500 boxes with NZ Gold cigarettes with Belarus excise labels. In total the customs officers seized 26,390,000 cigarettes.

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Four Individuals Arrested for Attempt to Smuggle Contraband Cigarettes from Mauritanian Coasts (Morocco)

From: Maghreb PRESS AGENCY

Rabat   –  The judicial police of Dakhla arrested, Friday, four individuals for their alleged involvement in an attempt to smuggle a large amount of contraband cigarettes from the Mauritanian coasts.

According to a statement by the national police (DGSN), the suspects were arrested on board a traditional boat in “La Sarga” beach, 8 km southwest of Dakhla, in possession of 111,000 boxes of contraband cigarettes of different types, packed in 222 large bags.

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Smuggled cigarettes, tobacco seized in North, South Thailand

From: Bangkok Post

Contraband foreign cigarettes and tobacco seized from the pickup truck carrying them from the Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi’s Sangkhla district. The driver (centre) was arrested. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen).

KANCHANABURI: Authorities seized contraband cigarettes and tobacco worth more than 800,000 baht smuggled through the Three Pagodas Pass border crossing in Sangkhla Buri district on Sunday evening.

Provincial excise officials, soldiers, police, defence volunteers and local officials intercepted a pickup truck on its way from the border pass at a checkpoint on Highway No.323 linking Sankhla Buri-Three Pagodas Pass on the Thai-Myanmar border.

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