• Kurt Ward

Federal Grand Jury Charges 24 People in NC for Smuggling Cigarettes

A federal grand jury in North Carolina has charged 24 people with trying to defraud the federal government of tax revenue from cigarette sales. The defendants were arrested last week. In the first of the 12 counts, members of the conspiracy repeatedly purchased large quantities of cigarettes from wholesale cigarette outlets in Rocky Mount and Wilson, then shipped those cigarettes to storage locations for future sales in Virginia, New Jersey and New York. The defendants are also accused of trying to disguise the transactions as part of the cigarette smuggling operation. The charges carry fines of up to $500,000 and maximum prison sentences of 20 years.

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