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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 >>

Illegal smokes tax tempers

Tweet Nearly half the cigarettes sold in Hong Kong are illegal because of high prices, a tobacco concern group claims. The finding was based on an informal “survey” carried out by the Vote Against Tax Hikes Alliance, which rummaged through dozens of trash bins in Lok Fu and Lam Tin public housing estates last month, picking up empty cigarette packages. Of the 200 boxes retrieved, 92 were either from the mainland, or on which duty was ... Jump to full article >>

Bringing cigarette-tax stamps back would raise money, fight crime

Tweet Legislators are trying once again to curb cigarette smuggling, both into and out of North Carolina, by re-establishing a stamp on cigarette packs. This year, the odds look better than in the past, and that is good. North Carolina has long had one of the lowest state cigarette taxes. Because of that, organized crime and terrorist organizations have bought cigarettes here and resold them illegally in high-tax states. In recent years, cigarett ... Jump to full article >>

10 held for selling illegal cigarettes in Geylang

Tweet SINGAPORE – A Singaporean man peddling illegal cigarettes out of a flower pot in Lorong 6, Geylang, was arrested in an operation last week, which also saw nine Vietnamese men nabbed for selling illegal cigarettes. On April 6, a total of 130 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized, with duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) exceeding S$1,000. Customs officers saw the Singaporean man approach a flower pot along a walkway in Geylan ... Jump to full article >>

A Cigarette for 75 Cents, 2 for $1: The Brisk, Shady Sale of ‘Loosies’

Tweet By 8:30 a.m., amid the procession of sleepy-eyed office workers and addicts from the nearby methadone clinic, Lonnie Loosie plants himself in the middle of the sidewalk on Eighth Avenue in Midtown. Addressing no one in particular, he calls out his one-size-fits-all greeting: “Newports, Newports, packs and loosies.” Rarely does a minute go by without a customer stopping just long enough to pass a dollar bill to Lonnie Loosie, known to t ... 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 >>

Drug Paraphernalia Charges to Be Dropped Against Tobacco Chain Owner

Tweet Prosecutors have agreed to drop possession criminal charges against the owner of a chain of Polk County tobacco stores. Tammi Siegfried, 35, signed a “pretrial intervention contract” Tuesday to avoid prosecution. She has agreed to stop selling products that sheriff’s deputies said are sometimes purchased by drug users. Siegfried was arrested last month after deputies seized bongs, grinders, scales and other merchandise fro ... Jump to full article >>

Police Arrest 4 On Armed Robbery Allegations

Tweet OMAHA, Neb. — Police arrested four men who they said believe robbed two convenience stores within the same hour Sunday morning. Investigators were called to the Kun and Go at 154th and Pacific streets at 2:21 a.m. A witness told police that two men entered the store wearing face masks, hooded sweatshirts and gloves. The witness said one man showed a gun and demanded money. Authorities said the robbers left with cash and tobacco produc ... Jump to full article >>

Police seize smokes in tobacco road haul

Tweet ALLEGEDLY stolen tobacco leaf and cigarettes with a value of $50,000 have been found in a car stopped by police in southern New South Wales. Police pulled over the Holden Commodore Holden Commodore on the Hume Highway about 45km north of Goulburn just after 6pm (AEDT) yesterday. Inside were 23kg of compressed tobacco leaf, 70,000 cigarettes, and almost $8000 in Australian and US currency, police say. The tobacco leaf and cigarettes are esti ... Jump to full article >>

Ram raiders flee with tobacco and cigarettes

Tweet Cigarettes and tobacco worth about $10,000 were stolen during a ram raid on a Marton service station about 2am yesterday, police say. Thieves drove a stolen light truck through a roller door at the rear of the Shell service station on Broadway in the town, about 45km northwest of Palmerston North, said Detective James Middleton of Marton police. They took the cigarettes and tobacco before driving off and abandoning the vehicle about 400m aw ... Jump to full article >>