UN Diplomats Lived Large on Smuggled Tobacco

Flashy BMWs, a pristine villa in downtown Geneva, United Nations diplomatic credentials and close to $2.4 million in profit. Welcome to the lucrative life of a UN cigarette smuggler.

Two employees on a diplomatic mission from Iraq to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland were caught abusing their diplomatic status last month by illegally funneling over 600,000 cigarettes into France.

The two employees had been allegedly making the transactions over the course of three years with the aim of making sales on the black market.

The plan involved using a German firm to acquire duty-free cigarettes, only to have them stored in a warehouse near the Geneva airport and eventually trucked to the Rennes region of France for sale on the street.