Forty-three defendants have been indicted for their alleged roles in "a cigarette trafficking network that resold an estimated $30 million of Virginia cigarettes on the black market" as reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The network used falsified documents to create 29 fictitious businesses in the Richmond area, which allowed them to make large bulk purchases of tax-exempt cigarettes so they could be resold out of state for a “substantial profit,” police said. Investigators said traffickers in the network would go to big-box stores to buy cigarettes before sending them up to northern localities such as New York City, where high taxes make illicit smokes a relative bargain.
Investigators "are exploring whether any money funded terrorist groups" because "the organization was primarily composed of foreign nationals from northern Africa" as reported by The Washington Post.
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