Spreading his resources thin at first, he began to grow his smuggling empire. Mostly, he did not control the local efforts, though he did learn enough information to bring down several high ranking officials all over the world. He found which officials could be bribed, which ones needed to be silenced, and which ones had to be distracted and passed the information to the various groups working under him.
Most of his information came from simply looking at what the officials bought and had shipped to them, other times he had to resort to spies among the servants of the official in question. He spread this methods to the groups beneath him and allowed them to follow their own aspirations, stopping them short when they wanted to fight over possession of crucial aspects of the operations and resolving disputes when they did happen.
Much of his time here was spent trying to find fellow kindred willing to assist him in maintaining his hold, ones who would like nothing more than to control their own local areas and not be held accountable for the larger reaching aspect of his empire.
In the end, the humans created the avenues more so than he did. Their collective ingenuity doing more to cause the success of the endeavor than he ever could have.