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August 7, 2003 | From Reuters
The World Health Organization said there was compelling evidence that tobacco firms played a compliant role in global cigarette smuggling and that governments must hold them accountable. In a report focusing on the trade in Iran and Iraq, the agency said smuggling allows multinational tobacco firms to sidestep trade restrictions while fueling consumption and pressuring governments to cut taxes.
September 9, 2008 | Tony Perry
Four members of a Fallbrook family were charged in federal court Monday with operating what investigators called one of the longest-running illegal immigrant smuggling rings. Maria Del Carmen Alvarez, Indalecio Alvarez-Montoya, Juan Alvarez and Patricia Marquez were charged with smuggling immigrants through the San Ysidro border crossing with phony documents and in some cases hiding them in the trunks of vehicles. Prosecutors said the ring had operated since at least 1996. Among the charges are filing false income statements and charging smuggling fees to the immigrants' "sponsors" in the United States.
May 6, 2008 | Richard Marosi
The U.S. Border Patrol intercepted a semi-truck on Interstate 8 that was hauling 61 illegal immigrants Saturday night, agents said. The discovery was one of the largest of its kind in recent years in the San Diego area. The immigrants were crowded behind boxes inside the cargo container, agents said. No one was hurt, they said, though in the past such incidents have resulted in injuries and suffocation. Agents pulled over the truck on the eastbound lanes near the Kitchen Creek Road exit, about 40 miles east of San Diego.
October 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. Border Patrol agent from Yuma pleaded guilty in federal court in Phoenix in the smuggling of an illegal immigrant into the country while on duty. Victor Manuel Santiago, who has been with the agency for three years, was accused of smuggling, transporting and harboring a woman from Mexico. Authorities said Santiago, 35, met the woman at a remote area of the border and brought her into the country to live with him in Yuma.
November 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Brazilians were being held Saturday on suspicion of smuggling three people into the country and then holding them for ransom, authorities said. Police arrested Reynaldo Eid, 46, and Alaor Oliveira, 51, Thursday at the Hacienda Travelodge on Newport Boulevard, where they were allegedly holding two women and a child from Brazil. A friend of a relative of at least one alleged victim called police, officials said. The three were not identified.
May 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Nicaraguan woman was found guilty on charges of running a smuggling ring that helped thousands of illegal South American migrants pass through Nicaragua and on to the United States. Enma Urania Laguna Maldonado, 38, and two other Nicaraguans, Denis Eladio Diaz Arauz and Rene Montenegro Blandon, were convicted in Chinandega, 60 miles west of Managua, the capital. Each could face at least eight years in prison.
July 21, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 48-year-old Mexican was arraigned in federal court on smuggling charges stemming from an incident that left two suspected undocumented immigrants dead of heat exhaustion July 10 in the desert west of Calexico. Leopoldo Perez-Martinez, suspected of being one of the guides, is being held in federal prison in San Diego. He is the second suspected guide to be charged.
February 11, 1995 | CHARLES V. ZEHREN, NEWSDAY
Spurred by the tragedy of the Golden Venture ship and determined to combat the transport of human cargo in the future, the House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation to raise penalties for smuggling immigrants into the United States. The measure applies the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act to those caught illegally transporting foreigners.
November 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A jury was selected in Houston in the first trial stemming from the nation's deadliest human smuggling attempt -- a May 2003 journey that ended in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants in a stifling trailer. Victor Jesus Rodriguez, Claudia Carrizales de Villa and Fredy Giovanni Garcia-Tobar each face 58 counts of harboring and transporting illegal immigrants. Each faces up to life in prison if convicted. Opening statements were to begin today; prosecutors expect the trial to last a month.
March 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The first person convicted under a law that bars aid to terrorists was sentenced to 155 years in prison for leading a cigarette smuggling ring that funneled profits to the Lebanese group Hezbollah. Mohamad Hammoud, 29, masterminded a scheme to bring cigarettes from North Carolina, where low taxes keep down prices, to Michigan for resale. In June, he was found guilty of sending $3,500 to Hezbollah.
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