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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

September 29, 2009


Contact: Office of Public Affairs

Office: (202) 648-8500

ATF’s Response To The OIG Audit Of ATF’s Tobacco Diversion Efforts

The following response is from ATF Assistant Director W. Larry Ford of the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs:

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) appreciate the diligence of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for its findings in the report on ATF’s priority with regard to tobacco diversion.

ATF is committed to the enforcement of the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act (CCTA) which was enacted, in 1978 and amended in 2006, to support state and local law enforcement efforts to stop criminal groups that profit from the transportation of contraband tobacco.”

ATF continues to perfect criminal investigations involving cigarette diversion and smuggling. ATF has agents nationwide involved in diversion activities, and recently established an Alcohol and Tobacco Diversion Division (ATDD) to implement its comprehensive strategy to combat this criminal activity.”

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