My posts over the last year have identified cigarette smuggling rackets in Tampa, New York City, St Louis, Ireland and Canada. The UK newspapers are pointing out the huge world wide problem with cigarette smugglers and "Irish leaders lobby US President Barack Obama for peace process aid"
An American businessman has been accused of funding the Real IRA by masterminding a cigarette smuggling ring that has netted them hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Security forces still have genuine concerns over the way America may be a route through which money for the Real IRA (and other terror groups) is being channeled. Vidal, a US businessman, is on trial in Miami FL accused of organizing a cigarette-smuggling ring that funded the terrorist group Real IRA.
The killings have sparked fears of a resurgence in terror attacks as well as widespread revulsion at the return to violence. Roman Vidal is accused of sending two massive shipments of cigarettes to Ireland which were sold on the 'black market' at a fraction of the cost of other cigarettes.
WNBC-TV reported April 28 that the report from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), ranking minority member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said that bootleggers who have immigrated from the Middle East are buying tax-free cigarettes at Indian reservations in upstate New York and resell them in New York City. Some of the profits are then funneled to terrorist groups, the report contends.