Posts tagged: contraband

Inmate allegedly breaks Whatcom jail window to smuggle in tobacco, marijuana

Tweet BELLINGHAM — An inmate in the Whatcom County Jail was charged Monday, April 11, for allegedly breaking out a window in his cell in March to smuggle in marijuana and tobacco. Daniel J. Faix, 26, allegedly broke a 4-inch by 4-foot hole in the window, which is on the jail’s second floor 23 feet above ground. He then fashioned bed sheets into a rope, which he used to bring the contraband into his cell, according to charging documents filed ... Jump to full article >>

Phuket raid nets Bt100k in smoking contraband

Tweet PHUKET: Officials from the Phuket Excise Office yesterday seized 956 packs of illegally imported cigarettes and packs of tobacco with a total street value of about 100,000 baht. Most of the contraband was imported by post, said Excise officer Chingchai Borwornthanasan. Three people were arrested in the raid: Yusaree Yun from Pattani, and Ussamarn Wangdee and Je-padeemoh Yun, both Phuket natives. The cigarettes and tobacco seized were expens ... Jump to full article >>

10 year-low in immigration offences: ICA

Tweet THE number of foreigners arrested for immigration offences has hit a ten-year low, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Monday. In 2010, the total number of foreigners arrested for immigration offences fell by 23 per cent to 4,260 compared to the previous year. The number of people arrested for harbouring or employing illegal immigrants has also fallen, by four and 48 per cent respectively. Attempts by immigration offe ... Jump to full article >>

Truck driver nabbed over fake fags

Tweet SOUTH African police say they have arrested a man trying to smuggle R10-million worth of fake cigarettes into the country through the Beitbridge border post. The cigarettes were found on a 34-ton truck near the border, McIntosh Polela, a spokesman for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation which is known as the Hawks said. The truck was coming from Zimbabwe and heading for Johannesburg. The driver was due to appear in court on Mon ... Jump to full article >>

Million cigarettes seized in Blackburn

Tweet The one million cigarettes seized in Blackburn last week by customs officials were contraband Jin Ling. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) special inland investigators arrested six men at a commercial premises in the town on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. They recovered the cigarettes as part of a suspected major excise duty fraud, as well as a significant amount of cash. Jin Ling cigarettes are made in China and mainly sold in Russia. I ... Jump to full article >>

County settles ex-inmate’s federal lawsuit

Tweet Schuylkill County will pay $19,000 to a Mahanoy Plane man who sued county prison officials in federal court for allegedly damaging his artificial leg in 2005. The county commissioners voted Wednesday at their weekly meeting to approve the settlement of Thomas S. Zimmerman’s lawsuit against the county prison, bringing an end to a case that began in 2007. Zimmerman, 50, filed his lawsuit on May 3, 2007, against the county, its prison b ... Jump to full article >>

Jailer pleads not guilty to forgery, taking bribes

Tweet Charles B. Storlie, the corrections deputy charged with accepting bribes in exchange for allowing inmates to receive contraband, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Chelan County Superior Court. His trial was set for Jan. 18. Storlie — who has worked at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for the past 15 years — is accused of accepting bribes from inmates in exchange for allowing them fast food, tobacco and sexual visits from girlfrie ... Jump to full article >>

Canadian C-stores Demand a Freeze on New Tobacco Regs, Taxes

Tweet TORONTO — Encouraged by recent reports that the Canadian federal and Quebec governments are shifting their focus on tobacco strategy to the problem of contraband, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) applauded the move and reminded officials that their best approach is to stay away from any new regulations or taxation on legal tobacco that would weaken the fight against the manufacturing and distribution of illegal toba ... Jump to full article >>

Jail officers astonished by inmate’s contraband

Tweet Police in Wenatchee are surprised at the amount of contraband an inmate was able to smuggle into the jail rectally. The Wenatchee World said the man internally carried a cigarette lighter, rolling papers, a baggie of tobacco the size of a golf ball, a smaller baggie of marijuana, a 1-inch smoking pipe, a bottle of tattoo ink and eight tattoo needles. Sgt. John Kruse said the volume of contraband left officers wondering. Chelan County Region ... Jump to full article >>

2 plead guilty in cig case

Tweet Two businessmen pleaded guilty Tuesday to their involvement in a cigarette distribution scheme to defraud the federal government and several states, including Mississippi, out of more than $20 million in taxes and fees. Jerry Burke, 67, of Tupelo and Randy Benham, 43, of Cordova, Tenn., waived indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper in Greenville to carrying out a scheme to defraud federal and state governme ... Jump to full article >>