All About Contraband

CONTRABAND / 8 AUG 2012

Mexico seized a shipment of contraband cigarettes worth over $12 million in the Pacific state of Sinaloa, one of the largest confiscations of the product ever made, according to officials.

CONTRABAND / 19 JUL 2012

A new government strategy to counter gas smuggling in the Venezuelan border state of Zulia has created a fierce backlash among locals and furthermore looks unlikely to be able to…

BOLIVIA / 19 JUL 2012

Bolivia has made its largest ever seizure of illegal cigarettes, smuggled into the country from Paraguay. However, the confiscation is a small victory in the two countries' struggle to combat…

BRAZIL / 3 MAY 2012

Brazil has deployed 8,700 troops to the northern Amazon frontier, its fourth ambitious border crackdown in less than a year. But questions remain about Brazil's ability to sufficiently plug the…

COLOMBIA / 17 APR 2012

The Colombian trade in pirated goods is worth between $4 to $5 billion a year, according to a report, which notes that some 12 million pairs of shoes illegally entered…

CONTRABAND / 13 APR 2012

In Guatemala, dirty money leaves the country in tourist class, in the luggage of hundreds of men and women recruited by criminal organizations that export bills of illegal origin. The…

COLOMBIA / 20 MAR 2012

Colombia's government announced plans for a new anti-smuggling task force to counter the contraband trade, which is estimated to cost the country up to $5 billion per year.

COLOMBIA / 5 MAR 2012

A shootout between police in northern Venezuela and a suspected fuel trafficker, who was a member of the Wayuu people, draws attention to the role of the indigenous group in…

CONTRABAND / 20 JAN 2012

Guatemala's central police authority withdrew the police force based in a western border region, after local residents violently protested the seizure of contraband goods.

COLOMBIA / 19 JAN 2012

Colombia police seized over $400,000 worth of contraband liquor smuggled from Venezuela, reportedly intended to keep revellers tipsy during the Barranquilla Carnival.

BRAZIL / 3 NOV 2011

Brazil’s Federal Police arrested a group allegedly trying to smuggle electronic equipment from Paraguay into northern São Paulo state, driving a police car into the wing of the suspects' plane…

BOLIVIA / 24 OCT 2011

A special task force on public corruption has arrested eight military police accused of participation in a smuggling ring in Matto Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, two…

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