Translation of contraband in Spanish:


contrabando, n.

Pronunciation /ˈkɑntrəˌbænd/ /ˈkɒntrəband/

See Spanish definition of contrabando


  • 1

    contrabando masculine
    • It means that if a policeman tries to use illegally obtained contraband as evidence to charge a suspect, the court will readily strike down such illicit evidence.
    • On the contrary, the moment a book becomes illegal contraband it is suddenly all the more desirable.
    • With legal imports in 1998 of $15 billion, contraband accounted for 25 percent of all imports.
    • The tip-off led to the discovery of an illegal cigarette importation racket and a large quantity of contraband was seized.
    • Apart from fishery protection duties naval ships carry out a variety of other tasks including search and rescue operations and the inspection of craft suspected of carrying illegal drugs or other contraband.
    • Their assignment is to inspect the vast underbelly of a Greek freighter anchored in New York Bay for possible signs of contraband.
    • It is thought this could take anywhere between three and 10 days to complete given the size of the ship and its cargo, which is perfect for hiding contraband.
    • As the search team finds contraband, evidence, or illegal weapons, they will evacuate each item to the detention/collection team, which should locate somewhere near the entry point.
    • Those people were processed to make sure they had no weapons, no illicit dugs, no alcohol, no contraband, and then they were escorted back into the building.
    • At a frontier, one's personal belongings are subject to scrutiny, one's suitcases opened and searched for contraband, and one's passport examined to ensure that one's credentials are in order, and all this is done by a customs officer.
    • They will search every compartment and void looking for contraband, weapons… anything that is not supposed to be there.
    • He added that trained police dogs have long been a presence in Army prisons, where they are used for sniffing out narcotics and other contraband among the prisoners, and, occasionally, for riot control.
    • The ability to detect drugs and other unauthorised items will be improved, notably by the provision of a more effective searching procedure to be used where it is reasonably believed that a prisoner is concealing contraband.
    • Buying and selling contraband, falsifying documentation to achieve employment, evading taxes, and paying bribes to public officials are socially accepted behaviors.
    • Wisconsin upheld a regulation that allowed probation officers to search probationers based on ‘reasonable grounds’ to believe contraband is present.
    • But 90 per cent of those polled also backed random searches for contraband - and educational authorities are making moves to ‘get tough in the war on drugs’.
    • There is no doubt that without the dogs some of that contraband would go on down the road.
    • I thought it might have been gold or contraband of some kind in relation to this matter.
    • If they catch me, I'll flee across the Mexican border with my truckload of contraband.
    • He carries concealed contraband, which he sneaks into the country in order to avoid inspection by the U.S. Customs Service.
  • 2

    contrabando masculine
    (tobacco/alcohol) (before noun) de contrabando
    • It survived on contraband and piracy, trading cattle, hides, sugar, tobacco, and foodstuffs directly with other nations.
    • With caves, coves and beaches round the island, there was many a hiding place for smugglers, and contraband was a way of life on Portland - with even the man employed by the government to put a stop to the practice deeply involved.
    • But like drugs, and alcohol during Prohibition, black-market contraband always provides a means to acquire whatever is the forbidden fruit of the moment.
    • Their political power is tied to networks of corruption and contraband.
    • The contraband at park headquarters has a market value totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    • In 1728 Spain founded the Caracas Company to combat this contraband and to control exports to Spain from the region.
    • This amount would be equal to that received from the transit and contraband of all merchandise.
    • Warden replied that forfeiture ‘typically extends to the proceeds of some crime or contraband.’
    • Membership has instead arguably contributed to a growth in the shadow economy, and most notably, contraband, due to tax harmonization.
    • Although the gangs were predominantly comprised of labourers or artisans, who regarded the practice as a legitimate part of the local economy, the contraband reached all sections of society.
    • Knowing Rory, he probably ran a little contraband on the side, but the authorities often turn a blind eye to small scale smuggling.
    • The proceeds of the drugs trade or other contraband finance organised crime groups.
    • ‘If his business is clean, we can dismiss the usual explanations of narcotics, contraband or human trafficking,’ he said.
    • You need to discuss your rights to living in an environment free of contraband and illegal activity, your right to privacy, and the need for a fair and sanctioned visitation policy.