From: Burnley Express
A Burnley shop boss sold dangerous illicit cigarettes and kept a stash of the fire-risk smokes and fake tobacco ready for customers at his home, a court heard.
Zia Aslam (40) of Roundwood Avenue, who has a record for flouting trading laws, was given eight weeks in jail, suspended for two years, and ordered he pay £280 in costs and a victim surcharge.
From: Securing Industry
A study of counterfeit cigarettes seized in the US supply chain has found that are almost always loaded with lead and cadmium, heavy metals known to be hazardous to health.
In the sampling study, researchers analysed 23 packs of cigarettes intercepted by various law enforcement agencies and found that on average their lead concentrations were around 10-fold higher than genuine equivalents, with cadmium levels approximately five times higher.
Exposure to lead has been linked to the development of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, while cadmium is recognised carcinogen, and 22 out of the 23 samples showed elevated levels.
From: Federal Bureau of Investigation
housands of Cartons of Counterfeit Cigarettes Discovered
In September 2014, the Maryland State Police (MSP) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were selected as the winners of the inaugural National Data Exchange N-DEx Program “Success Story of the Year” award. The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division chose the recipients based on their integral use of the system’s data to connect a seemingly routine situation with a larger ongoing investigation. The details of the case that lead to the award follow.