Posts tagged: smuggled

Nuclear smuggling exposed in secret trial

Tweet Nuclear weapons-grade uranium is now available on the black market in Georgia, according to officials who broke up a smuggling ring in the former Soviet republic. Highly enriched uranium was smuggled from Armenia to Georgia in a lead-lined cigarette packet in March. Two men involved in transporting the substance were arrested in April. In a closed hearing, Sumbat Tonayan, a former dairy factory owner and Hrant Ohanian, a retired nuclear phy ... Jump to full article >>

Hamas burns two million Tramadol painkillers smuggled into Gaza

Tweet Two million painkillers used as recreational drugs by people in Gaza have been burned by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement in control of the Gaza Strip. The pills, called Tramadol, were confiscated by the military group from smugglers who bring them through tunnels across the Egyptian border. Many who take the drug, which is a mild opioid, say it relaxes them. However, Hamas claims the pill is addictive and should only be available f ... Jump to full article >>

CEPS Destroys 330,000 Cartons Of Cigarettes

Tweet The Northern Sector Command of the Customs, Excise and Preventive Services (CEPS) on Saturday destroyed 330,000 cartons of seized cigarettes. The cigarettes which were of different brands were destroyed because they were either smuggled goods or did not have the health warning: “Cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health”. Mr. Ernest Frimpong-Nuamah, the Sector Commander led a team of CEPs personnel and officials of the Foods ... Jump to full article >>

Customs seize 12 million cigarettes

Tweet CUSTOMS officers have delivered a double blow to the finances of organised crime gangs shipping large hauls of smuggled cigarettes into the State. Officers seized almost 12 million cigarettes — worth nearly €5m — in two separate consignments after they had been brought into Dublin Port. Officers said last night that one of the latest hauls had been destined for the black market in the North. The Regal brand cigarettes arrived ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco tax veto criticized

Tweet Public health advocates accuse Yushchenko of doing tobacco industry’s bidding. Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko, citing concern for the tobacco industry and fears of cigarette smuggling, on Nov. 11 vetoed legislation that would have hiked the excise tax on tobacco products by 36 percent. Public health advocates called a news conference on Nov. 12 to criticize Yushchenko and note that price increases are the most effective way to red ... Jump to full article >>

Customs seize tobacco worth €4m

Tweet Customs officers have seized a multi-million euro shipment of smuggled tobacco in Co Monaghan. Eight tonnes of tobacco leaf believed destined for a cigarette-making plant in the Border area was discovered in the operation yesterday, along with paraphenalia for manufacturing cigarettes such as filters and packaging material. Customs officials estimated the revenue at risk from the haul, which could have been used to make 12 million cigarette ... Jump to full article >>

BAT wants stricter penalties to smoke out illegal cigarettes

Tweet British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Bhd (BAT) (4162) wants the government to impose stricter penalties and slap moderate excise duties to curb illegal cigarette trade. According to the Royal Malaysian Customs, illicit cigarette trade reached a record 36.7 per cent of the country’s total cigarette industry. “We plead to the government for more concrete measures to address the explosive growth of illicit cigarettes,” BAT man ... Jump to full article >>

Stinking tobacco! Stash found in sewer

Tweet Customs officials warned smokers to steer clear of smuggled tobacco today – after finding a stash of illicit cigarettes concealed in a sewer. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said the find in Dudley, West Midlands, was made at the home of a milkman who had also hidden tobacco among milk, eggs and bread on his delivery van. Around 16,000 cigarettes and 2.5kg of hand-rolling tobacco were seized from the 50-year-old’s address near Dud ... Jump to full article >>