Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mohawks, Gangs And Tobacco

Contraband goods seized by the RCMP this month. Police arrested two Hells Angels from Quebec City and two Mohawks from Kahnawake, as well as 18 others, and charged them with trafficking in cigarettes and an array of drugs including methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana. They also seized $75,000 in cash. Photograph by: Courtesy of RCMP

From The Montreal Gazette:

This story is a Gazette collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Centre for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C This story is part of the centre's project called Tobacco Underground: The booming global trade in smuggled tobacco.

Gary Godelie has been a tobacco farmer most of his life, struggling to keep alive a family farm that produces what most everyone agrees is a death crop. Whacked by global competition undercutting his prices, not to mention a dwindling number of Canadian smokers, he often thinks of getting out of the business.

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