Regulatory News

Suspects of links with terrorist groups living in the Triple Frontier region - the Brazilian, Paraguayan and Argentinean border - have used cigarette smuggling as a form of financing for criminal activities and money laundering. The information published in a report in the magazine Exame is part of an investigation by the Brazilian Federal Police that investigates the presence of Hezbollah cells in the region.

According to investigations, the option for illegal cigarette trade is due to the high profitability of the business and to the lowest risk: the penalty for the crime is two to five years in prison, while drug trafficking varies from five to 15 years.

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