EVENT HISTORY: Saturday Night. Smoke-filled downtown nightclub on historical Route 66, 12am. The Goo Goo Dolls
blast through the sound system. The cigarette machine is broken... Lisa's looking to bum a smoke. She
saunders up to the bar in her ripped Levi's and vintage motorcycle jacket and looks
at the bartender. "Manny, got an extra cigarette?" Manny reaches into the chest pocket
of his black t-shirt and pulls out a Camel. Before she can place the cigarette
to her lips, the flame of a silver Zippo flashes in front of her.
OBSERVATIONS: Agent Jackson: We've had Manny under survellience for some time. He's a suspected
mole for the tobacco industry. We know he came to the Albuquerque area a little more than a
year ago. We've traced him to Chicago. We know he worked a couple clubs there for
over two years. He's a known tobacco industry perpetrator. He's addicted over 100 women
SUSPECTED VIOLATION: Agent Kelly: We uncovered the employment advertisement in the Weekly Alibi
about a month ago.
The KBA Lifestyle Marketing agency has infiltrated the Albuquerque area. They're
following their standard operating procedure. They recruit local talent or move professionals
in from other locations. They work underground in the unsuspecting new market.
They offer their recruits and part-time employees perks, flash money and trendy
promo products. One trademark item is the Zippo. They equip their moles with an supply of
smokes and task them to distribute as much product as possible. We've been
watching RJ Reynolds Camel
cigarette and Philip Morris Marlboro cigarette promoters since late 1994. This is the first
time we've observed this marketing deception in the Albuquerque area. This is a quiet town with
a lot of unsuspecting potential dupes.
Weekly Alibi: May 13-19,1999