January 18, 2018

Crackdown on baby gangs of Naples

From: la Repubblica | Blog

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The conditions that de Luzenberger describes are not new. Nor is the involvement of children in criminal activity. Photographs from the beginning of the 1900s onwards show children selling contraband cigarettes, a local “industry” that one smuggler kingpin of the 70s described as being as important to the city of Naples as Fiat was to Turin. But while petty crime among children struggling to survive has always been as common in Campania’s capital city as it was in Dickensian London, the widespread use of minors as drug runners, and in some extreme cases even killers, began in the mid-1990s. With many of its members in jail as a result of government crackdowns, the Camorra began to systematically use children under fourteen, because minors were immune from prosecution.
Kids in the 1940s selling contraband cigarettes
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December 27, 2017

Tobacco smugglers targeted by Cuomo’s ‘Cigarette Strike Force,’ more than $6 million in contraband seized

From: North Country Now

New York State’s “Cigarette Strike Force” seized $6.6 million worth of contraband tobacco so far this year, a $1 million increase compared with last year’s total, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Untaxed cigars made up the bulk of these confiscations, according to the governor’s office. Investigators seized more than 1.5 million illegal cigars so far this year compared with 260,000 last year, a 476 percent increase. More than 47,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes have been seized along with 134,000 counterfeit tax stamps and nearly $445,000 in cash, Cuomo’s office said.

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November 30, 2017

Illegal cigarettes sold at pocket money prices to children in Leeds seized

From: LeedsLive

More than quarter of a million illegal cigarettes have been taken off the streets

By Andy Hirst & Laura Hill

Illegal cigarettes being sold at pocket money prices to children were seized during raids in Leeds.

Police took more than a quarter of a million bogus cigarettes and packets of tobacco following raids in Harehills and Kirklees.

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September 12, 2017

Philip Morris unveils first illicit tobacco fund recipients

From: Securing Industry

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International has selected 32 projects that will be funded through a $100m fund set up to tackle illicit tobacco products.

The project will be funded by PMI IMPACT, a global initiative set up to focus anti-illicit trade efforts, with the first projects from public, private, and academic sectors in 18 countries earmarked to receive up to $28m under the scheme. The 32 winners – from the first of three rounds – were selected out of some 200 applicants, with projects covering the following areas:

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August 14, 2017

Seminário discutirá fim do contrabando e da criminalidade no Brasil

From: Correio Braziliense

Encontro promovido pelo Correio Braziliense reunirá jornalistas, especialistas e políticos envolvidos na Segurança Pública do país. As inscrições estão abertas


Na próxima terça-feira (15/8) será realizado o seminário “O Brasil que nós queremos: unidos pelo fim do contrabando e da criminalidade”. O evento, promovido pelo Correio Braziliense, contará com as presenças do ministro da Justiça e Segurança Pública, Torquato Jardim, do deputado Efraim Filho (DEM/PB), do ministro do Tribunal de Contas da União João Augusto Nardes, do coordenador do Movimento Mercado Legal, Edson Vismona e do jornalista e diretor da Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (ABRAJI), Mauri König, que debaterão sobre como resolver o problema do mercado ilegal, causador da insegurança que oprime o Brasil.

August 11, 2017

Over 20% of Cigarettes Consumed in Maghreb are Illicit- KPMG Study

From: The North Africa Post

llicit cigarettes accounted for over 20% of consumption across the Maghreb region in 2016. However successful prevention strategies have resulted in a 24% decline since 2015, said the Amsterdam based professional service and auditing company KPMG in a recent study.

The study, dubbed “Illicit Cigarette Trade in the Maghreb Region,” shows the 13 billion smuggled cigarettes consumed represented over $565 million in lost tax revenues, when taking into account both taxation on cigarettes and import related tariffs where applicable.

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July 18, 2017

Still in a Haze: Illicit Cigarette Trade Under the Spotlight

From: RUSI.org

Cathy Haenlein and Alexander Babuta

On the eve of hearings in the US Congress, RUSI research highlights the persistent problem of cigarette smuggling and suggests a more coherent approach to tackling the issue.

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On 19 July, the Commission turns its attention to a lesser-known, but potent, threat: that posed by cigarette smuggling.

Entitled ‘A Hazy Crisis: Illicit Cigarette Smuggling in the OSCE Region’, the event marks the first time academic and industry representatives have been called before Congress as expert witnesses on a topic often overlooked in comparison with ‘higher profile’ crimes, such as drugs or arms trafficking.

June 12, 2017

“CS-1 offered Jikia and Marat-Uulu a percentage of the sale of those cigarettes in exchange for assistance in killing and robbing the business partner.”

From: National Public Radio

Russians Charged With Racketeering (And Selling 10,000 Pounds Of Stolen Chocolate)

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The darkest crime alleged is a murder-for-hire plot, with enough lurid details to make the complaint read like a juicy novel. According to the document, Nikoloz Jikia, 26, and Bakai Marat-Uulu, 25, both of Brooklyn, sold a revolver to an informant identified as CS-1. The informant allegedly discussed with the defendants killing and robbing the informant’s supposed business partner, who CS-1 said stored large trucks filled with contraband cigarettes.

May 9, 2017

JTI to close Shah Alam factory with 270 jobs to go

From: The Edge Markets

Kang Siew Li/The Edge Financial Daily

KUALA LUMPUR: JT International Bhd (JTI Malaysia) will close its plant in Shah Alam, Selangor, by the end of December this year, a move that will bring to an end its manufacturing operations in Malaysia.

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For the past few years, the three major tobacco companies, namely BAT Malaysia, JTI Malaysia and Philip Morris (M) Sdn Bhd, have been lamenting over the steep increases in tobacco excise taxes they have to contend with and the challenging operating environment in Malaysia with regard to illegal cigarette trade which has impacted their business.

Australian Taxation Office and Victoria Police plough illegal tobacco crop in Cobram

From: Riverine Herald

by Rodney Woods

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‘‘Depending on the conditions, tobacco crops are generally slashed in the first instance and then ploughed into the field. The ploughing of the field maybe undertaken on more than one occasion to ensure the crop is properly destroyed. Contractors are used to assist in this process,’’ an ATO spokesperson said.

The warrant action, which saw the seizure of three trucks and a tractor in addition to 5 tonnes of tobacco leaves, was the fourth in as many months, with similar searches uncovering millions of dollars’ worth of illegal tobacco in Victoria and NSW, the states in which the ATO has discovered the illegal crop is most frequently grown.