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# Black Market

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# Black Market
Revenue seize €70,000 worth of cigarettes during search of Italian-registered ship
During a search of the vessel, 118,00 cigarettes, branded L&M, Marlboro and Winston, were seized.
# totoaba
The rush to sell Mexico's 'cocaine of the sea' (fish bladders) in China is pushing two species toward extinction
Totoaba swim bladders can sell for up to over €16,000 in China.
# Operation Thor
Two arrests as €50k worth of stolen industrial and gardening tools seized at Dublin port
Irish men aged 38 and 29 were arrested as part of Operation Thor.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you buy cigarettes or alcohol on the black market?
Black market goods can represent a huge loss to the Exchequer.
# illegal smokes
Black market cigarette smugglers 'avoiding airports' in search for new tactics
Revenue officials have not decreased their checks.
# Black Market
Man arrested over racket which lured people to sell their kidneys in top Indian hospital
An officer in Kolkata said Rao was wanted in a number of such cases across several South Asian countries.
# Black Market
You better spend your €500 notes quickly, the big purple one could soon be scrapped
The note is seemingly being “used more for hiding things than buying them”.
# holy smokes
Revenue seized 68 MILLION cigarettes in 2015 - some from very unusual places
A lot of drugs were seized too.
# dodgy
Arsenic and lead found in high-end counterfeit make-up destined for Ireland
Fake versions of MAC, Urban Decay and Benefit products were identified.
# Black Market
‘Don Corleone’ is the most popular cigarette brand for Irish smugglers
Some 31.5 million black market cigarettes have been seized since January.
# dark web
'You're no better than any drug dealer': Life in prison for 'Silk Road' website creator
Ross Ulbricht earned $18 million from commissions on one million online drug deals.
# holy smokes
Here's what 10.3 million illegal cigarettes looks like
No word on whether ‘Don Corleone’ was the Godfather’s brand of choice.
# stick to cigars
Cuban government officials jailed for setting up 'black market egg empire'
We can’t imagine Enda doing this.
# dark days - black market
Here's what the economic crisis did for illegal cigarettes in Ireland
Short version: the crisis really, really helped illegal tobacco.
# hunted down
Kenya's largest elephant has been killed by poachers
Distressing images. Satao was one last surviving of the ‘great tuskers’.
# Customs
Plant stimulant and cigarettes seized in operations targeting tobacco black market
The items seized today have a total value of around €50,000.
# Black Market
Retailers group says Irish coastline is an "open door" for smugglers
Retailers are calling on the government to step up their fight against smugglers.
# Black Market
Counterfeit cigarette packs 'so good' professionals can't tell the difference
The Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Bill 2013 was discussed by the Oireachtas today with a focus on the impact it could have on the black market.
# Cork
60,000 cigarettes seized by Customs officers in Cork
Cigarettes and a quantity of tobacco were found when a car was stopped by gardaí on the M8 this morning.
# off the market
Cigarettes worth €20,000 seized in raids on Dublin houses
In a separate development, a Lithuanian national was detained with over 12,000 cigarettes and hit with a two week jail sentence.
# Black Market
Drogheda and Tallaght blackspots for illicit cigarettes
The research firm MS Intelligence examined discarded cigarette packs on the streets and in bins and found that Drogheda and Tallaght were the worst affected areas
# Black Market
Four arrested as nine million cigarettes seized in Louth
The cigarettes had a retail value of €4.3 million and were uncovered when officials searched a truck and 4 x 4 at a service station near Castlebellingham.
# Black Market
Cigarettes, tobacco and counterfeit vodka seized in €1.5 million sting operation
Gardaí and Revenue seized more than three million cigarettes in two separate raids.
# Tobacco
'Nearly 30 per cent' of cigarettes sold in Ireland last year were illegal
A major tobacco company’s Irish branch says 28.2 per cent of all cigarettes sold here last year evaded the excise duty net.
# Black Market
ISME propose tax and social welfare amnesty for black market operators
The Irish Small Firm and Medium Enterprises Association believes that the temporary amnesty would help individuals to legitimise their “hidden economy” tax/earnings status.
# Black Market
Two oil laundering plants uncovered in Louth raid
Revenue said the illegal laundries represented a possible loss to the Exchequer of €8 million a year.
# Drugs
Man arrested at Dublin Airport after ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine
Revenue said separate discoveries of drugs and cigarettes this week would have been worth about €65,000.
# Fuel
Oil laundering plant uncovered in Louth
The plant in Dundalk had the capacity to launder some 18 million litres of fuel a year with a potential loss of €9 milllion to the exchequer.
# Fuel
Revenue close down 38 filling stations this year in black market crackdown
The Revenue Commissioners have warned that the illegal trade in oil laundering represents a serious threat to the Exchequer.
# Revenue
Increase in Revenue resources could generate €100m a year
An investment of €6.5 million in additional staff focused on targeting black market activity and increased audit activity could bring in the funds, Michael Noonan has said.
# Fuel Laundering
New reporting restrictions 'could close 300 rural petrol stations'
The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association says new licence structures will cost them time and money.
# Black Market
Suspect fuel laundering plant uncovered in Armagh
No arrests were carried out by the PSNI.
# Tax
Self employed tradespeople warned about hiding income
Taxback.com has urged construction workers and tradespeople to comply with Revenue obligations as the October tax return deadline approaches.
# Black Market
Call for tougher penalties for 'black market' criminals
Meanwhile, the Irish Cancer Society and Irish Heart Foundation have raised concerns about the origins of the data used in the report.
# Black Market
Black market and retail crime 'costing Ireland €861m a year'
Retail Ireland says one-eighth of all diesel sold in Ireland is illegal, while one in six people have made illegal downloads.
# Black Economy
Booming black economy killing small business
Dramatic increase in black economy is costing the State €5 billion, says the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association.
# Cigarettes
Senator calls for crackdown on €250m-a-year illegal cigarette market
Catherine Noone says tough new measures are needed to tackle the illegal sale of cigarettes in Ireland.
# London 2012
Top Ukrainian Olympic official suspended in ticket scandal
It’s alleged that the general secretary of the country’s Olympic committee was planning to sell tickets to UK touts.
# Cigarettes
Anti-smuggling lobby to brief Oireachtas Committee on illegal cigarette trade
Over 109 million illegal cigarettes with a retail value of €45.9m were seized by Revenue Customs officials last year.