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contraband (noun) smuggled goods; illegal import and export of goods.

Goods which are secretly and illegally brought into a country or taken out of it are contraband. Contraband goods are smuggled goods. Every country bans the import and export of certain goods, and there are always individuals and organizations illegally bringing into and taking out of the country those goods. Such goods are contraband, and trading in them is contraband trade.

  • Drugs and narcotics form the largest quantity of contraband smuggled into and out of most of the countries.
  • Mafia gang lords roll in riches because they have a well-organized network of smugglers to carry on the thriving trade in contraband.
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