Smoke ring busted

There are 8 comments on the Northern Virginia Daily story from Nov 4, 2011, titled Smoke ring busted. In it, Northern Virginia Daily reports that:

Officials arrested 16 people Wednesday after a three-year investigation identified their connection to a cigarette trafficking ring reaching across at least four states, according to the United States Attorney's Office of the Western District of Virginia.

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ali baba

United States

#2 Dec 18, 2011
Some of the people connected to this are still being held by Homeland security.

Most Cig. smugglers are contributing to terrorists some where down the line there is a connection.

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Dec 19, 2011
Just goes to show. Legalizing weed will not make the crime rate go down. Even when things are legal (guns, cigs, etc.) folks are going to find a way to make illegal $$ off of it.

United States

#5 Dec 25, 2011
"Most Cig. smugglers are contributing to terrorists"
"folks are going to find a way to make illegal $$ off of it"
1st comment is unfounded, point to some proof that 'most' are doing so
2nd comment is untrue. legalizing pot will make the crime rate go way down, and those making money illegaly will be insignificant compared to the 'illegal' activity right now. Legalization will also impact Mexican mafia and the corresponding gun running that results from it.
The only thing it will hurt is the private industry which runs and profits from our jails at taxpayer expense.
George S

Jemison, AL

#7 Dec 28, 2011
16 people? Well, that's about one-third a busload. Has this been well-worth the ripoff state taxes lost?
Another Shadowed Voice

Earlysville, VA

#8 Dec 30, 2011
RonP wrote:
Just goes to show. Legalizing weed will not make the crime rate go down. Even when things are legal (guns, cigs, etc.) folks are going to find a way to make illegal $$ off of it.
Yes, however, the money in which we will gain through taxes will be out-the-roof compared to cigarette taxes. So for you republicans and non progressive thinkers, it can fatten your pocket a tad, while we have the chance to smoke our weed in peace. Also, how will can you say it wont make the crime rate go down? Where's the statistical proof? It's not in your favor, that's for damn sure.

United States

#9 Feb 2, 2012
I'm not sure what people dont get! These are bad people, period. Hiding out in this lil town is not fooling anyway. Their connection to NYC is more than the media is letting on to. Run the names this is bigger than theyre leading us to believe.

The article and the indictment are on clarke daily news.
Help save the USA

United States

#10 Feb 9, 2012
Comment #1 was removed because it was to close to the truth. There was no cussing or name calling just the truth.

I will say it again how does a 2 yr investigation go unoticed for that amount of time. Homes and business right next door and across the street!

What gets me the most is these people are still opened. Nobody goes to this lil store so whats that tell you! Now they can claim they are running in the red and get more out of us and our Government. Which they have claimed more than once over the last several years.

A fact NOBODY in this town goes to this store!

This store is and was nothing but a cover.
Like I said more than once take the time and read the indictment.
If you did not read it your comments are meaningless and lack information.

People who rip off our Country, we all pay for it in the end.
Report crime

Spotsylvania, VA

#11 Jan 19, 2013
According to the Virginia State Crime Commission (VSCC), the tens of millions of dollars made each year through cigarette smuggling often goes to fund organized crime or terrorist organizations.

40 million cigarettes

One of the first widely publicized local cases took place last year when a Berryville Quick Mart owner and his wife pleaded guilty to involvement in an alleged multimillion-dollar conspiracy to sell contraband cigarettes.

The case, prosecuted in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg over several months, involved numerous co-conspirators who participated in the purchase from law enforcement officials of at least 200,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes 40 million individual cigarettes on numerous occasions from 2009 to 2011.

The crime was investigated through the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Court documents reported the tax loss to New York was $5.5 million.

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