Prosecutors alleged the jewels were contraband and seized them.
Has anyone given you contraband to bring into the United States?
Yazbek says no one takes names, and no one checks for weapons or other contraband.
Profiteers of every stripe were involved in the contraband cotton trade, including many army officers.
Prison guards in Lima found a contraband mobile phone in his prison cell that he claimed was given to him by the warden.
The servant included in the above pass was a "contraband," picked up in Washington for the trip.
They might surely consider the canoe as freighted with goods which were contraband of war.
He listened to me with great impatience, and asked if my father still pursued his contraband trade.
I shall have to take to contraband pants, I'm afraid, as I did last winter.
Third, neutral goods, with the exception of contraband of war, are not liable to capture under an enemy's flag.
1520s, "smuggling;" 1590s, "smuggled goods;" from Middle French contrebande "a smuggling," from older Italian contrabando (modern contrabbando) "unlawful dealing," from Latin contra "against" (see contra) + Medieval Latin bannum, from Frankish *ban "a command" or some other Germanic source (see ban (v.)).
Goods illegally transported across borders to avoid the payment of taxes.