Monday, April 7, 2014

Illegal Cigarette Trade Linked to Paraguay’s President

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Article from NotiSur, April 4

A team of agents from the Netherlands' Special Police Task Force (SPT) spent the second week of February in Bogotá to exchange information and, together with Colombian authorities, analyze the movement of contraband Paraguayan cigarettes. The illegal trafficking, which has become increasingly overt, allegedly involves Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes directly. European investigators say major cigarette shipments legally imported to the Caribbean islands of Aruba and Curacao, two former Dutch colonies that are now autonomous territories, end up in the hands of the Colombian mafia now controlling nearly 20% of the Colombian market. Andrés Gaudín Read More

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