Posts tagged: contraband cigarettes

Contraband cigs worth RM2m seized

Tweet KOTA KINABALU: City Marine Operations Force (MOF) personnel have seized 176,000 packets of smuggled cigarette worth some RM2 million. A driver of a lorry transporting the contraband cigarettes was detained while another managed to escape during the separate raids at about 9pm on Tuesday in Menggatal. Acting city police chief Supt Ramli Ali Amat told reporters at a news conference here yesterday that during the first raid, a team of MOF per ... Jump to full article >>

April 20 mention for RM900,000 fag smuggling case

Tweet JITRA: A magistrate’s court here fixed April 20 to mention the case of two Thais charged with smuggling RM900,000 worth of cigarettes into this country. Magistrate Ahzal Fariz Ahmad Khairuddin said this was to allow the defence to obtain documents related to the case from the prosecution. Ma-Ae Itae, 32, from Bangkok, and Wisut Mekarun, 51, from Sadao, were separately charged with smuggling several types of contraband cigarettes in 1,010 ... Jump to full article >>

Black-market cigarettes no big deal, young smokers tell federal government

Tweet OTTAWA — Most young Canadian smokers are “very familiar” with black-market cigarettes and many even support their sale. And they’re deeply skeptical of government assertions that contraband cigarettes are linked to organized crime. So says research commissioned last year by the Canada Revenue Agency in advance of a planned $5-million advertising campaign designed to educate the public and raise awareness of the problem. The agency h ... Jump to full article >>

Illegal smokes seized in B.C. and Ontario

Tweet Police in British Columbia and Ontario have seized more than 13 million contraband cigarettes in separate stings. On the West Coast, RCMP busted what they say is the largest counterfeit cigarette shipment ever detected in B.C. — 10 million contraband cigarettes headed to Canada. One Canadian man and six from China are facing charges of smuggling and possessing unlawfully imported goods and improperly stamped tobacco after the Oct. 29 ... Jump to full article >>

RCMP, Canada Border Services make B.C.’s largest counterfeit cigarette seizure

Tweet The plan to bring 10 million contraband cigarettes into Canada went up in smoke when RCMP busted what they say is the largest counterfeit cigarette shipment in B.C. Seven men, one from Canada and six from China, were arrested and are facing charges of smuggling and possessing unlawfully imported goods and improperly stamped tobacco after the bust Oct. 29. Officers with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) were suspicious about a shipmen ... Jump to full article >>

Trade In Black-Market Cigarettes: Hot, Dangerous

Tweet Black-market cigarettes are costing many states hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost tax revenue. And the lucrative, illicit trade is attracting violent criminal gangs that can be lethally ruthless. The rewards, and the risks, of dealing in contraband cigarettes became quite clear recently in northern Virginia, says Capt. Dennis Wilson of the Fairfax County Police Department. Undercover investigators working with his department &# ... Jump to full article >>

Knoxville men plead guilty in contraband cigarette case

Tweet A pair of Knoxville men pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Knoxville to federal charges of conspiracy to transport contraband cigarettes, among other charges. According to a release from Eastern District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney’s Office, Iqbal Hussain Bhimani, 55, and Abdul Karim Bhimani, 40, both of Knoxville, were the subjects of a long-term undercover investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, which was ... Jump to full article >>

Stores urge action on contraband smokes

Tweet The Canadian Convenience Stores Association said 45 per cent of the cigarettes sold in Canada are illegally produced and sold and is calling on government to end the illegal sale of smokes. The group’s senior vice-president, Michel Gadbois, said the illegal trade is hitting convenience stores hard, with one store closing each day in Ontario alone. “We have to bear down on government and say that’s enough,” Gadbois to ... Jump to full article >>

Convenience stores want governments to butt out contraband cigarettes

Tweet Contraband cigarettes are so easy to find in Eastern Canada that illegal tobacco now corners about half the market in Ontario, according to the Canadian Convenience Stores Association. It also comprises about 40 per cent of Quebec sales and 30 to 35 per cent of those in the Maritimes, and the illegal activity is now moving into Alberta — an upward trend of “constant growth” in the $2.5-billion underground industry over the pas ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarettes worth $11,600 seized in Sandy Point raid

Tweet A 67-year-old Sandy Point man is facing charges after RCMP from the Shelburne County Street Crime Enforcement Unit seized more than $11,600 worth of contraband cigarettes in searches of a house and vehicle. More than 5,000 illegal cigarettes were found in the search of the house and a quantity of cash police believe was derived from the sales of the smokes was seized. RCMP say the man was arrested driving through Shelburne and more than 5,0 ... Jump to full article >>