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Latino Daily News

Tuesday December 7, 2010

Approximately 100,000 Contraband Cuban Cigars to Go up in Smoke

Custom officials at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport are reporting a record seizure of Cuban cigars.  Thus far they have confiscated 30,000 cigars shipped from Europe and are inspecting 70,000 other suspicious cigars, also thought to be of Cuban origin.

Much to the angst of cigar aficionados and ‘lift-the-embargo’ advocates the cigars will all be fired up and destroyed.  Imagine the aroma.  It is illegal to import or bring in any Cuban product to the U.S. due to the 40 year-old trade embargo.

On average Chicago’s biggest airport sees 10 to 12 contraband Cuban cigars smuggled in on a weekly basis, mostly from travelers returning from international travels, they are legal in most other countries.

It is believed the contraband shipments were discovered because more international packages are being inspected as a result of the Yemen-to-Chicago bomb package intercepted in late October.