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Resource ID: #19512
Subject: Tobacco
Source: Center for Investigative Reporting (San Francisco)
Date: 6-May


The Center for Investigative Reporting provides an inside look at "how the major tobacco companies, Phillip Morris and Brown & Williamson, organized smuggling of cigarettes on a massive scale into Colombia and elsewhere in the world. The story revealed how the tobacco companies helped orchestrate the smuggling operation as a means of entering the Colombian market through large-scale import tax evasion; the inside mechanics of how the smuggling enterprise worked; and how it was fueled with funds laundered by U.S. based drug dealers. The story also broke news in illuminating how the tobacco companies pressured Congress to alter the USA Patriot Act in order to preserve their insulation from legal accountability for allegations of smuggling and fraud that are contained in the lawsuits." The story was released April 23 and published May 6 in The Nation.

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