Latest Tobacco Busts – September 17th 2009

Latest Tobacco Busts – September 17th 2009

Busy week for the Tobacco Police.  11 incidents reported.   RCMP report:

“The following details are seizures from September 10th to September 17th.  A total of 9,450 cartons/resealable bags of contraband cigarettes, 302 kilograms of fine cut tobacco, 8 vehicles, 1 boat and 1 trailer were seized.  A total of 10 people were arrested of which 7 face charges:”

“No community welcomes organized crime groups”, said Sgt. Michael Harvey of the RCMP.  “However those who continue to purchase illicit tobacco products are inviting organized crime groups into their communities which has a negative impact on all citizens”.

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Clifford
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I love how Sgt. Michael Harvey keeps on repeating:
“No community welcomes organized crime groups, however those who continue to purchase illicit tobacco products are inviting organized crime groups into their communities which has a negative impact on all citizens”.

The only organized crime going on right now is the insane taxes being charged on the legal cigarettes by our government, which is really what is fueling the smuggling trade.

Rezrevolt
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No matter what social agenda one may have, one cannot fight the laws of economics. Taxes artificially raise the price of a product that is in demand, and thus a thriving black market is created along with all the negatives of black markets, in order to provide the desired products. This is the same of other drugs and prohibited items that people want, but are denied by the force of the state. The more the state tightens it’s grip, the greater the risk, selling price and incentive to enter these black markets. The real criminals here are politicians and those… Read more »
Citizen
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“Fortunately there are still heroes out there who in their own self interest take the risk in bringing lower cost goods to the people who want them.”

Heroes? Like the Akwesasne drug smugglers bringing pot and other illicit drugs across the border? ‘Cause if the tobacco smugglers are heroes, these guys must be too.

Our only hope here is a constitutional reform in which these “nations” support themselves. And if you want to make some sort of claim on the rest of Canada, by all means. History is written by the pen and made with the sword.

Clifford
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Even the smugglers are not heroes. It is a situation that needs to be dealt with. But the way the government and health system is going about it, is entirely wrong. To answer Jamie’s question above: “but what if you were the government? You realized that cigarettes should be illegal as the cost to society in health terms is very expensive. If you prohibit them then you are basically in the same predicament as you are now because people who are addicted will still want them.” Its the principal of the issue Jamie that gets to me. Here we have… Read more »
Rezrevolt
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The heroes are those who are not using force but engaging in voluntary trade. The morality of the product is merely a matter of opinion. Moreover it is not fair to single out people of Akwesasne, as though this is the only place where drugs are traded from. If you wish to put a stop to the black market your only hope would be to stop legislating what free individuals can and cannot put inside their own bodies. If people stop using violence in order to enforce their own preferences, perhaps then peace can reign, otherwise this cycle will continue… Read more »
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