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.
December 18, 1999 |
Authorities were exploring possible terrorist motives Friday in the case of an Algerian-born man who allegedly entered Washington state from Canada on a ferry earlier this week with a deadly combination of explosives stashed in the wheel well of his rental car. Ahmed Ressam, 32, was charged Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle with smuggling nitroglycerin and more than 100 pounds of other explosives into the United States from Canada and giving false information to U.S. customs agents.