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Canadian police charge tobacco companies with smuggling cigarettes

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7389.570/f (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:570
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Saskatoon

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged several Canadian and American tobacco companies and eight current and former senior executives with fraud for allegedly smuggling cigarettes from the United States into Canada and so evading $C1.2bn (£0.51bn; $0.81bn; ‡0.74bn) in uncollected duties and taxes.

    After a criminal investigation lasting four and a half years, the police alleged that between 1991 and 1996 the companies channelled cigarettes manufactured in Canada and Puerto Rico to criminals …

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