49 busted in N GA trafficking

49 busted in N GA trafficking

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blowing smoke

Cleveland, GA

#1 Apr 24, 2013
Wait till cigs get to $10/pk, and they'll have to start searching rectums. Make cigs more valuable than pot and meth, and it'll put the drug dealers out of business, an idea. Some of these culprits were even sipping 64oz drinks. I wonder how much tax money was not collected either on illegal drugs, another thought.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24th 2013 at 4:56pm
Prosecutors wrap up north Georgia tobacco case
By Derreck Booth Editor

ATLANTA - Georgia's attorney General Wednesday announced a tobacco trafficking investigation that included Hall and Gwinnett counties wrapped up with a guilty plea by the final suspect.

Sam Olens said the 18 month prosecution resulted in the collection of more than $1.3 million in unpaid tobacco taxes and the sentencing of 49 defendants.

It involved 22 indictments that also included people in Cobb and DeKalb counties. The initial arrests happened in October of 2011.

The overall case involved three years of investigation by local, state and federal authorities. According to Olens' Office, the suspects avoided paying the state excise tax on cigarettes by buying untaxed cigarettes with counterfeit excise stamps.

“The illegal cigarette trade is a serious threat to government revenues,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Christopher Shaefer said.

“It sends a strong message that law enforcement in Georgia will work together to detect and prosecute those who cheat by not paying tobacco taxes," Olens said.

The names of all 49 defendants and their charges were not immediately available.

Agencies involved in the case included the ATF Atlanta Field Division, Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Georgia Department of Revenue, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, the Lawrenceville Police Department and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department.

Dawsonville, GA

#2 Apr 25, 2013
Three years of investigation by numerous law dawgs and court cost to tax payers , well was it worth the cost to collect this . That is not counting the cost of housing those in jails Good job Olens . You will soon break the state of Georgia .
A Little Bird

Blairsville, GA

#3 May 1, 2013
not paying that sin tax to da gubmint.

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