February 9, 1994 |
Canada launched an offensive against rampant cigarette smuggling by lowering its federal tobacco taxes by at least one-third in a bid to eliminate smugglers' profits. The government also slapped a tax on tobacco exports to further discourage the billion-dollar trade in which duty-free export cigarettes are being smuggled back from the United States by Mohawk natives.
December 22, 1999 |
The government of Canada sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. for $1 billion Tuesday, charging that it and related companies conspired to smuggle tobacco products into Canada to avoid millions of dollars in taxes. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y., alleges the companies set up an elaborate network of smugglers and offshore companies to flood Canada with cheap cigarettes after the government doubled taxes and duties on tobacco in 1991.
May 29, 1988 |
Authorities foiled a plan Saturday to smuggle 264 Asians, mostly members of the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, to Canada aboard a ship, a police spokesman said. Police were looking for a 38-year-old Tamil suspected of organizing the trip, according to spokesman Bernd Metterhausen. The suspect, who was not identified, fled on foot as police closed in on his rented car. He is believed to have arranged a similar passage of Tamils to Canada nearly two years ago, Metterhausen told reporters.
March 29, 1996 |
In its biggest crackdown on smuggling over the U.S. border, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it arrested 170 people and seized millions of dollars' worth of contraband liquor and tobacco. The suspects included members of a Montreal-area chapter of Hells Angels, as well as organized crime gangs run by Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants, the force said.
September 9, 1991 |
Welcome to Canada, where "cold turkey" has taken on a sensational new meaning for hard-pressed cigarette smokers. The Canadian government has taxed cigarettes to such levels that smokers have lately been known to drive across the border to the United States, buy a turkey, rip out its frozen innards in the supermarket parking lot, stuff the cavity with cheap American loose tobacco, and smuggle the bird back home.
August 16, 1986 |
The 155 Tamil refugees who were set adrift in two open boats off the Newfoundland coast came from West Germany and not from India as they had claimed in what was part of a smuggling ring masterminded by two Sri Lankans, authorities said Friday. West German police said the two ringleaders were under arrest and confessed that they had the Tamils ferried across the Atlantic in a German-owned, Honduras-registered tramp freighter after charging the Tamils $2,500 each.