"It is a huge problem," said Jack Tuter, director of Florida's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.
After a lull in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks, when resources were diverted to homeland security, the division is now increasing its own enforcement, Tuter
said state investigators even have found instances where organized crime rings have traded drugs for contraband cigarettes, finding the tobacco much easier and lucrative to traffic, according to Florida Today
acknowledged Philip Morris' help, from testing suspect cigarettes at the company's "brand intelligence" unit to providing large quantities of product that investigators need to go undercover.He
said the tobacco companies even have hired former federal agents, who befriend customs agents and troll for tips about suspicious cargo coming into Florida ports, according to the report.