TOBACCO CARTEL MAY MARK SHIFT IN MEXICO UNDERWORLD

Insight Crime on 7th November reported that the rise of a new cartel that strong-arms vendors to sell homegrown cigarette brands in large parts of Mexico has sparked concern about criminal organisations seeking fresh income streams amidst a fall in their traditional drugs businesses.  The Tobacco Cartel appears to be supported by, or be an arm of, the Jalisco Cartel (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG).  Contraband cigarettes smuggled into Mexico have traditionally come from Turkey or a number of countries in Africa, and then moved through the Tri-Border area – where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet.  However, the illegal cigarettes peddled by the Tobacco Cartel contain Mexican-grown tobacco instead of being smuggled from abroad.

https://www.insightcrime.org/news/analysis/tobacco-cartel-shift-mexico-underworld/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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