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Tag: "smuggling"

Serious business

May 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

The illicit cigarette trade isn’t just about lost profits and unpaid taxes; it provides seed money for other crimes, including terrorism and human trafficking. By Timothy S. Donahue Tobacco companies are sometimes criticized for overstating the seriousness of the impact the illicit cigarette trade has on society. Anti-smoking groups contend that stories of smuggled smokes […]

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‘Lighting up’ given whole new meaning

May 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Hand-rolling tobacco intercepted by customs officers as it was being smuggled into the U.K. is to be burned in an incinerator to help generate electricity for the national grid, according to a story by the Western Morning News. But the electricity generated is unlikely to blow any fuses – only 150 kg of tobacco is […]

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BAT benefits from reduced illicit trade, says CEO

April 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

British American Tobacco (BAT) is benefitting from the gradual deflation in the illicit trade of cigarettes locally due to the improved regulatory environment in Malaysia, according to a story posted on The Star Online. Managing director Datuk William Toh said the illegal buying and selling of cigarettes had declined last year by 1.6 percent compared to 2011. “We […]

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Tobacco magnate Cartes wins Paraguay presidential poll

April 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Horacio Cartes, a Paraguayan tobacco magnate, faced various challenges during his presidential bid, which he won decidedly last week. He was pressed to explain why antinarcotics police officers apprehended a plane carrying cocaine and marijuana on his ranch in 2000; why he went to prison in 1989 on currency fraud charges; and why he had […]

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Easy street: smoke smugglers net nearly $2 million a truckload

April 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Wanna make a quick $1,944,000? Buy a truckload of cigarettes in Virginia and sell them in New York. Yeah, it’s illegal. But that’s how much can be made from selling a tractor trailer’s worth (that’s 800 cases, each holding 600 packs of cigarettes) of low-tax Virginia cigarettes in high-tax New York, based on estimates from […]

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Pakistan has $175.8 million reasons to tackle tobacco smuggling

April 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Pakistan is losing 17 billion Pakistani rupees ($175.8 million) per annum due to the illicit cigarette trade, which represents about 26.7 percent of total cigarettes consumed in terms of volume. According to a research paper compiled by the Euromonitor International, and cited in a story published by the Asia News Network, Pakistan ranked third-highest in […]

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Malaysia to stamp out smuggled-cigarette smokers

April 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

The city hall in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, proposed that buyers of  contraband cigarettes be penalized along with the sellers of the smuggled smokes, according to a story in the the Borneo Post. Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir, who made the proposal in his speech during the  launch of Ops Pacak 2013, said buyers […]

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FBI sting smokes out fake Marlboro men

April 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

For more than a year, the system worked flawlessly. Containers of counterfeit cigarettes shipped from China to the ports of Newark, N.J., and New York City moved easily through customs and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security without inspection. From the docks, the cigarettes, falsely labeled as Marlboros and Marlboro Lights, made their way to […]

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