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By Jay Hancock | January 27, 2010
G ov. Martin O'Malley promotes entrepreneurship. Kyun Hong seems to have answered the call. According to comptroller's agents, he packed his Severna Park house with cigarettes and snuff bought across state lines and resold them to Baltimore retailers without paying Maryland's tobacco tax. If he is a tobacco smuggler - he hasn't been convicted and didn't respond to a detailed message left at his house - he has competition. The doubling of Maryland's cigarette tax two years ago has inspired uncounted numbers of small businessmen to do what comes naturally: Buy low and sell high.
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December 6, 2012
We're almost a month away from another legislative session, so it was no surprise to read The Sun's editorial in favor of higher cigarette taxes ("A life-saving tax," Nov. 25). While lobbyists like Vinnie DeMarco prepare their annual push to punish smokers, the rationale to raise cigarette taxes is as flawed as ever. Higher cigarette prices may discourage smoking, but there is hardly the direct connection between declining rates of smoking and higher tobacco taxes as The Sun claims.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 20, 2006
TONOPAH, Ariz. -- Authorities searched through this isolated desert region yesterday after authorities discovered nearly 100 undocumented migrants who apparently had been left by smugglers - without drinking water - hiding in the brush. The illegal immigrants were discovered Tuesday afternoon by a deputy with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department. They emerged from the brush and pleaded for water, saying they had spent three days in triple-digit heat without any supplies. The immigrants reported that three people had died, but no bodies were found.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Maryland's seizures of contraband tobacco quadrupled between 2010 and 2012, Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday, attributing the increase in part to lax penalties that fail to deter cigarette smugglers from a highly profitable enterprise. Flanked by piles of confiscated tobacco and alcohol products, Franchot announced that his field enforcement agents and other police agencies had seized 325,851 packs of illegally trafficked cigarettes valued at $2 million in the 12 months that ended June 30. The confiscations represent a near-doubling of the previous year's total of 184,498 and are more than four times the total posted in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010.
NEWS
By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1996
Gunbattles. Rumrunners. Federal law officers hot on their trail.Reminiscent of an age-old racket, bootleggers from states such as Maryland are running booze to Canada, where stiff sin taxes are rekindling the lucrative trade that once dominated the Roaring '20s and the rumrunning days of Al Capone.In federal court in Baltimore this month, a Cecil County liquor store owner was sentenced for his role in a busy, international smuggling ring. Federal agents say it is all part of a new trend for lawbreakers in the United States -- boxing up cases of liquor and heading to the Great North.
NEWS
By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO and DIANA JEAN SCHEMO,Diana Jean Schemo is a Sun staff correspondent | February 10, 1991
Kilis, Turkey.IMEET KILIS, finally, shrouded in darkness, lit by a full moon. I have waited these years and now I come, to discover its poverty in wartime, to see what he left behind.The streets are narrow, crammed with squat concrete buildings like secrets stuffed in crevices.A statue of Kemal Ataturk stands in the main square, of course, along with the obligatory quotation in the post office.All this could not have been here then."These houses were built in what, the 1940s?" I ask Resit Celebioglu, the local stringer for the Milliyet newspaper.
NEWS
By Sam Quinones and Sam Quinones,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 21, 1998
CULIACAN, Mexico -- Near the stage at a recent concert by the band Los Tigres del Norte stand four young men in cowboy boots, large belt buckles, tight jeans and cowboy hats.Three are college students -- studying computers, architecture and dentistry -- and one is a teacher. But they are dressed like country boys, as if they were not, in fact, born and raised in Culiacan, a city of more than 700,000 people, capital of the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa.They identify with the hills because that is where narcotics smugglers came from.
FEATURES
By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1998
You can smell the cold. Its frigid perfume teases your nose, and the heavy air hugs you like an overzealous relative. The earth is white and the gray ski is spilling snow. The sensation of winter is everywhere. It's the perfect beginning to a morning on the slopes at Smugglers' Notch, a family resort in the shadow of Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield.Or is it? The cold -- barely 5 degrees at the base of Morse Mountain -- alarms some in our family of occasional skiers, melting their desire to venture outdoors as quickly as a late spring snow.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | May 25, 1993
The acquittal of Rodney Peairs in the manslaughter of Yoshihiro Hattori removes the U.S. from the short list of countries that enjoy the rule of law.The next time Bill brings an entire airport to a halt while he gets a haircut on the runway, it ought to be at National.The West has reinvented the Indian reservation, this time for Bosnian Muslims.NAFTA is going to be good for drug smugglers -- and no one thought of that before.
NEWS
By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | June 6, 1991
"Halloween ABC" and "Ida and the Wool Smugglers," two books that parents had asked Howard County to remove from school libraries, will remain on the shelves, a school official decided yesterday.Joan Palmer, associate superintendent for curriculum, upheld the decisions of a review committee made up of parents, teachers, students and members of the school system's central office staff.The committee voted 7-4 to retain "Halloween ABC," a book of poetry by Eve Merriam, and unanimously backed the picture book "Ida and the Wool Smugglers," by Sue Ann Alderson and Ann Blades.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
As the election-year debate over illegal immigration heats up, Maryland National Guard members are preparing to deploy to Texas to help monitor the U.S.-Mexican border. Two crews from the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade will take high-tech helicopters to the southern tip of Texas in June to provide aerial surveillance to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on the ground, Guard officials said Wednesday. They will watch for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers — "basically, people crossing the border without authorization," said Lt. Col. Michael Whelan, commander of the 1-224th Aviation Security and Support Battalion.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2011
"The Yankles" sounds like a ribald, adult hybrid of "The Bad News Bears" and "The Chosen. " The opening-night film of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, it features "a washed-up former pro player" who is "sentenced to mandatory community service for a drunken-driving conviction" and "finds redemption by coaching an upstart Orthodox Jewish baseball team. " Jews and sports have long been a source of ethnic comedy. Jon Stewart exploits this supposed mismatch every baseball season on "The Daily Show.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | January 27, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley promotes entrepreneurship. Kyun Hong seems to have answered the call. According to comptroller's agents, he packed his Severna Park house with cigarettes and snuff bought across state lines and resold them to Baltimore retailers without paying Maryland's tobacco tax. If he is a tobacco smuggler - he hasn't been convicted and didn't respond to a detailed message left at his house - he has competition. The doubling of Maryland's cigarette tax two years ago has inspired uncounted numbers of small businessmen to do what comes naturally: Buy low and sell high.
NEWS
By Michael Martinez and Oscar Avila and Michael Martinez and Oscar Avila,Chicago Tribune | February 18, 2007
IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. -- Jeannine Pallotto often rides her horse on desert trails through stands of saguaro cactus and ironwood trees crisscrossed by immigrant smuggling corridors. Mindful of escalating violence tied to a crackdown on the border, though, she knows when to retreat from strangers. "You never know which ones will pull a gun on you," said Pallotto, 45, who has lived next to this mountainous terrain northwest of Tucson, Ariz., for four years. Illegal border crossings are declining because of tougher enforcement, posting an overall 27 percent drop in the four months ending Jan. 31, the U.S. Border Patrol says.
NEWS
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 20, 2006
TONOPAH, Ariz. -- Authorities searched through this isolated desert region yesterday after authorities discovered nearly 100 undocumented migrants who apparently had been left by smugglers - without drinking water - hiding in the brush. The illegal immigrants were discovered Tuesday afternoon by a deputy with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department. They emerged from the brush and pleaded for water, saying they had spent three days in triple-digit heat without any supplies. The immigrants reported that three people had died, but no bodies were found.
NEWS
By MATTHEW DOLAN | April 1, 2006
A 43-year-old Baltimore man received a 15 1/2 -year prison sentence yesterday for his role in a drug conspiracy in which prosecutors said 155 kilograms of cocaine was smuggled from South America into Baltimore. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Donald Ryan, who pleaded guilty in January. According to court documents, Ryan agreed in September 2003 to serve as a broker for a freighter shipment of cocaine from Guyana to Savannah, Ga. On Feb. 24, 2004, the freighter containing the cocaine arrived in Savannah's port.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
We're almost a month away from another legislative session, so it was no surprise to read The Sun's editorial in favor of higher cigarette taxes ("A life-saving tax," Nov. 25). While lobbyists like Vinnie DeMarco prepare their annual push to punish smokers, the rationale to raise cigarette taxes is as flawed as ever. Higher cigarette prices may discourage smoking, but there is hardly the direct connection between declining rates of smoking and higher tobacco taxes as The Sun claims.
NEWS
By Ginger Thompson and Ginger Thompson,Mexico City Bureau | July 5, 1993
TIJUANA, Mexico -- A few weeks ago, Juan and 16 other illegal immigrants were crammed on top of each other in a van that had just crossed the U.S.-Mexican border and was heading toward Los Angeles.The driver and his companion had promised the immigrants safe passage into the United States. The cost for the journey was $300 per person.Following orders, Juan lay still in the van and tried to take his mind off the danger of the journey by thinking about his wife, who was waiting for him in Los Angeles.
NEWS
January 10, 2006
The angry fallout in Mexico over the recent fatal shooting of a Mexican migrant by a U.S. Border Patrol agent is only the latest incident causing tension between the two countries. Stepped-up U.S. border security efforts and proposed legislation mandating tougher punishment for illegal border crossers have also angered Mexican government officials who correctly point out that the measures are excessively punitive and will not stop migrants seeking readily available jobs in the U.S. Without an accompanying migration plan and a much-needed guest-worker agreement between the two countries, more deaths are likely along the increasingly violent 2,000-mile border.
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