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Following the money

Is cigarette smuggling becoming as big a problem as the drug trade?


 

Is cigarette smuggling becoming as big a problem as the drug trade? The flow of contraband smokes from Indian reserves that straddle the US/Canada border is now worth an estimated $1.3 billion a year and is rapidly growing. This joint investigation from the Montreal Gazette and the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, follows the money and the links to biker gangs and the Mob. A recent RCMP intelligence report suggests that there are now 105 organized crime groups (of various levels of sophistication) involved in the business.

The Center for Public Integrity


 
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