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Inmates Use Animals To Smuggle Contraband Into Prisons

A cell phone, a battery, a charger, and headphones. That was the cargo carried by a cat in a bag tied to its back intercepted by the Penitentiary Police at the La Reforma prison in Alajuela, said the Ministry of Justice this Tuesday morning. The...

Unstoppable Smuggling in the Northern Triangle

Guatemalan businessmen are demanding stricter laws to combat the illegal entry of goods from Mexico, which are now being sold in El Salvador and Honduras, three Central American countries forming what is known as the Northern Triangle. Food and beverage companies say that in the...

Costa Rica With 16% Consumption of Contraband Cigarettes: Study Reveals

(Q24N) Revealing figures from a detailed analysis of studies paint a panoramic picture of a surging global trade in illicit cigarettes funding groups as varied as Hezbollah and Hamas to the Central American cartel of Los Zetas. The study titled "From Ant Smuggling to an...

Contraband Smokes Big Business in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) - Following the anti-tobacco law passed in 2012 the sale of contraband cigarettes, brought in covertly from India and China, has grown exponentially. The Amcham (American-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce) published a study this week on the issue, since it hurts the fortunes of...

‘Crime without Punishment’: Brazil’s Massive Contraband Trade

LATIN AMERICA  - An investigation into Brazil's massive contraband trade highlights the scope of the problem and the modus operandi of smuggling networks responsible for economic losses of around $20 billion dollars a year. During a two-month investigation called "Crime without Punishment," Brazilian newspaper Folha...

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