Has anyone given you contraband to bring into the United States?
He was convicted of perjury, served 30 days, and went back to a swashbuckling career in contraband.
Profiteers of every stripe were involved in the contraband cotton trade, including many army officers.
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.