August 14, 2013 5:28 PM

KC prosecutors accuse 17 people and one business of smuggling cigarettes

The federal charges are linked to the law enforcement seizure last year of $2.6 million, an airplane and four semi trucks that were purchased with proceeds from the endeavor. Conspirators allegedly bought more than $17 million worth of cigarettes from undercover agents in Kansas City and eventually sold them in New York without paying the required $4.35 per pack excise tax, according to the charges.

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