18 Indicted for Transporting
Contraband Cigarettes from KC to NYS

18 people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for transporting more than $17 million worth of contraband cigarettes from Kansas City to New York State.

The 43-count indictment says hundreds of thousands of cartons of contraband cigarettes were taken from the Kansas City area to New York, where they were sold primarily on Indian reservations between 2010 and 2012.

The indictment says two defendants bought the cigarettes from undercover agents and transported about 620,000 cartons without paying the required $4.35 per pack excise tax. Prosecutors estimate the scheme cost New York more than $8 million in taxes.

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