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February 25, 1995 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trio of border guards making their way through the commuter train--unlocking storerooms, knocking on bathroom doors, canvassing passengers--are the emblem of European skittishness over increasingly open borders. " Ihren pass, bitte ," the agents say to the surprised travelers headed from Strasbourg, France, to Offenburg, Germany. " Votre carte d'identite, s'il vous plait ." Your passport, please.
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February 25, 1995 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trio of border guards making their way through the commuter train--unlocking storerooms, knocking on bathroom doors, canvassing passengers--are the emblem of European skittishness over increasingly open borders. " Ihren pass, bitte ," the agents say to the surprised travelers headed from Strasbourg, France, to Offenburg, Germany. " Votre carte d'identite, s'il vous plait ." Your passport, please.
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August 12, 1990 | JUDITH MATLOFF, REUTERS
Downstairs from an austere police office, a heavily guarded storeroom contains enough confiscated drugs to pay for a Miami condominium. The office is that of Jose Nunes Goncalves Carvalho, director of the Portuguese Judicial Police drug squad, which is waging war on smuggling. Portugal, at the southwestern tip of Europe, is becoming a main point of entry for South American drug shipments, and authorities here are determined to wipe out the trade.
NEWS
August 23, 1994 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of last week's plutonium scare, Russia and Germany agreed Monday to boost their joint efforts to prevent nuclear smuggling, but they failed to determine whether the atomic contraband captured in Munich actually originated in Russia.
NEWS
August 23, 1994 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of last week's plutonium scare, Russia and Germany agreed Monday to boost their joint efforts to prevent nuclear smuggling, but they failed to determine whether the atomic contraband captured in Munich actually originated in Russia.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2002 | Associated Press
The European Union said it has appealed a U.S. court ruling dismissing a lawsuit against tobacco giants Philip Morris Cos. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. in which EU lawyers claimed the companies sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe. Philip Morris attorney Steven Rissman denied the allegations and said the company expects the dismissal to stand.
NEWS
July 15, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 58 Chinese immigrants found suffocated in the back of a refrigerated truck in Dover last month have exposed a horrifyingly simple truth: Men, women and children are dying to get into Europe. Although the Dover tragedy was extreme, it was hardly isolated. More than 2,000 people are known to have died crossing the seas and borders of Western Europe in the last seven years, and the mortal tide continues with numbing regularity.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2002 | Myron Levin, Times Staff Writer
Les Thompson was a self-made man. He grew up poor in a small town in Ontario and got no further than high school. Still, he fashioned a nice career in the cigarette business, rising through the ranks at the Canadian arm of R.J. Reynolds. In the early 1990s, he took on a big and risky assignment: helping the company gain a foothold in Canada's exploding market for contraband cigarettes. As a regional field manager for RJR-MacDonald Inc., he supplied cigarettes to U.S.
NEWS
August 12, 1990 | JUDITH MATLOFF, REUTERS
Downstairs from an austere police office, a heavily guarded storeroom contains enough confiscated drugs to pay for a Miami condominium. The office is that of Jose Nunes Goncalves Carvalho, director of the Portuguese Judicial Police drug squad, which is waging war on smuggling. Portugal, at the southwestern tip of Europe, is becoming a main point of entry for South American drug shipments, and authorities here are determined to wipe out the trade.
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