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May 25, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Philip Morris engaged in a sophisticated conspiracy to smuggle cigarettes into Colombia for a decade, defrauding 22 Colombian states out of billions in tax revenue, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn.
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May 25, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Philip Morris engaged in a sophisticated conspiracy to smuggle cigarettes into Colombia for a decade, defrauding 22 Colombian states out of billions in tax revenue, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn.
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February 15, 1998 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The underground railroad that slipped millions of Central Americans across the U.S. border in the 1980s is now smuggling Asians and Africans desperate for a chance to reach the United States. Arriving in South America as tourists, they sneak through the Amazon jungle to Colombia--a country known for the quality of its counterfeiting--to obtain forged Central American visas. With those visas, they are less likely to be stopped along the way.
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February 15, 1998 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The underground railroad that slipped millions of Central Americans across the U.S. border in the 1980s is now smuggling Asians and Africans desperate for a chance to reach the United States. Arriving in South America as tourists, they sneak through the Amazon jungle to Colombia--a country known for the quality of its counterfeiting--to obtain forged Central American visas. With those visas, they are less likely to be stopped along the way.
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November 7, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Animal traffickers smuggle $47 million worth of endangered species annually from Colombia's Amazon region, damaging its delicate ecological balance, Environment Minister Eduardo Verano de la Rosa said. Every year, about 7 million animals, mostly reptiles, are illegally smuggled to the U.S. and Europe. There is also evidence of an alliance between animal traffickers and drug smugglers because cocaine has been found in some seized shipments of exotic reptiles. The business can be lucrative.
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July 20, 1985 | Associated Press
The former chief minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands was convicted of six counts Friday but acquitted of more severe drug smuggling charges. A second former minister was found guilty of conspiracy. The two men were accused of conspiring to make the islands a way station for drug smuggling from Colombia to the United States.
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August 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos wants two CIA agents to testify in his behalf against charges that he masterminded a clandestine arms pipeline to Colombian guerrillas, a judge said Friday. Judge Jimena Cayo said Montesinos' lawyer gave her the names of two agents who the former spymaster claims will vouch for the fact that he had nothing to do with a ring that parachuted at least 10,000 assault rifles to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
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November 7, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Animal traffickers smuggle $47 million worth of endangered species annually from Colombia's Amazon region, damaging its delicate ecological balance, Environment Minister Eduardo Verano de la Rosa said. Every year, about 7 million animals, mostly reptiles, are illegally smuggled to the U.S. and Europe. There is also evidence of an alliance between animal traffickers and drug smugglers because cocaine has been found in some seized shipments of exotic reptiles. The business can be lucrative.
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