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Higher taxes on alcohol, tobacco could result in more revenues for criminals

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
In this file photo, ACP Clifford Chambers places counterfeit Clarks shoes on a box of counterfeit rum seized by the police.

An international law enforcement expert is warning that increased taxation on goods such as alcohol and tobacco could lead to more revenues for gangsters.

Senior Operations Manager of Crime Stoppers International, Dave Cording, says this is because counterfeit alcohol and tobacco are two of the biggest income earners for players involved in organised crimes.

He says continuous taxation on these goods will only force the public to purchase the cheaper products that the criminals manufacture.   

But Cording says while consumers may think they are getting a deal, counterfeit items have serious health and social effects:


Crime Stoppers International representative, Dave Cording

He also says his organisation will be working with Crime Stop Jamaica to clamp down on the trade of illicit goods.

The joint project was launched this morning at the offices of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica in St. Andrew.

Cording says under the project, workshops will be conducted at various local law enforcement and customs agencies to help them identify counterfeit goods.

He says the UN has estimated that the illicit trade is about US$2.1 trillion across the world and Jamaica plays a major role in the movement of these goods:


Crime Stoppers International representative, Dave Cording