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Alleged untaxed cigarette ring had local connections

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Local police agencies helped bring down an alleged criminal ring that flooded four states and the Capital Region with millions of cartons of untaxed and illegal cigarettes. Officials say the untaxed cigarettes cost New York at least $80 million in tax revenue. Authorities also expressed concern the ring, which involved small grocery stores and markets throughout Albany and Schenectady counties, was similar to others helping to fund terrorist organizations. A 244-count indictment charged 16 people ...

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