Smuggling cigarettes has become such a profitable business for extremist groups, so much that former Algerian military commander of al-Qaeda in Maghreb extremist Mokhtar Belmokhtar was also known as Mr. Marlboro.
In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, a Libyan man with pictures of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on his stall, sells cigarettes during a protest in Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP)
Using Salafi ideology as a loophole
New York authorities in 2013 announced the arrest of 16 people in a cigarette smuggling ring that included three men who had been under scrutiny because of suspected links to Islamic militant groups. (File photo: AP)