Regulatory News
June 20
In a major operation, federal police officers operating in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul seized 11 trucks loaded with approximately 1 million packs of contraband cigarettes from Paraguay. Nine people were arrested in the action in which agents had to encircle all access to the city of Ivinhema, population approximately 40,000 people.

The total value of the smuggled product was R$33 million (US$9 million). According to the Federal Police, this was the largest seizure of cigarettes in Mato Grosso do Sul in the last eight years.
May 29
An investigation by the Organized Crime Task Force of the Mato Grosso do Sul Public prosecutor's Office revealed that corrupt police officers received up to R$100,000 (US$27,500) per month to facilitate the entry of cigarettes into the states cities bordering Paraguay. Thirty-one suspects were arrested.

According to the investigation, the amount paid to each police officer varied according to the importance of their position. In order to find out how the gang acted, telephone interceptions were used. The courts also allowed the use of bank account and financial transaction information of those accused, making it possible to verify links between the agents and the smugglers.
May 15
Federal Highway Police agents seized a truck in Goiania carrying a cargo of 4 million bundles of contraband cigarettes from Paraguay. Upon being approached, the driver of the vehicle presented an invoice that carried a load of rice. However, when police searched the truck, they discovered the illegal product.

The cigarettes had entered Brazil on the border with Mato Grosso and were being taken to the state of Tocantins.

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