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Police Think They've Broken a Link in Detroit Tobacco Smuggling Ring

Officials haven't released the name of the Rochester Hills man who was arrested in connection with the suspected ring.

Authorities seized about $32,000 in untaxed cigars from a Sterling Heights storage unit linked to a tobacco smuggling ring in Detroit. (Photo: Michigan Sate Police)
Authorities seized about $32,000 in untaxed cigars from a Sterling Heights storage unit linked to a tobacco smuggling ring in Detroit. (Photo: Michigan Sate Police)

A Rochester Hills man police think is part of a large tobacco smuggling ring in the Detroit area was arrested and $43,000 in untaxed cigars were seized from a Sterling Heights storage unit police said may be tied to the operation.

Officers with the Michigan State Police aren’t releasing the identity of the man they arrested, but said he’s believed to be part of the tobacco crime ring, the Oakland Press reports.

Several brands of cigars were seized the raid.

It’s illegal in Michigan to possess, acquire, transport or sell any quantity of untaxed tobacco products.

The investigation is continuing.
RON Ostrodamus March 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Really small potatoes compared to cocaine, heroin, designer drugs that plague the country. The pity is that I do not think the perpetrators (otherwise decent family guys) realize the severity the the penalties for committing a federal offense involving the crossing of state lines. They are likely to lose their homes, their cars, their savings besides doing time. The real crime is what they do to their own families. This is common in this area. Wonder why eh?

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