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    Yes it doesn't have to do with open carry. But how is this legal? NY Authorities advertise in NJ for Cigarettes in their VA warehouse that's untaxed.
    SMOKE RING IS SNUFFED CIG-TERROR LINK FEARED By DAN MANGAN June 5, 2008 -- Nearly two dozen Arab cigarette smugglers have been smoked out for buying and then reselling contraband butts to New York bodegas and other shops.
    Lured by fake ads in Arabic-language newspapers, the smugglers bought $6 million in contraband smokes from New York tax and federal undercover agents.
    And a top elected official now warns that the untaxed cigarettes could be funding terror overseas.
    All the profits of the smugglers - whose sales to hundreds of area stores exceeds the business of most legitimate wholesalers - "was shipped overseas to the Middle East," said Deputy Commissioner William Comiskey of the state Taxation and Finance Office.
    "We know that the money wasn't kept here," said Comiskey, whose agents conducted the elaborate sting, noting that "it's a possibility" that the smugglers' multimillion-dollar operations, which also include sales of guns and counterfeit tax stamps, could be at least partly funding terrorism.
    Rep. Peter King (R-LI) said that the smuggling "has serious international ramifications."
    "The terror aspect will be looked into," he added.
    Noting that the suspected smugglers ducked paying $10 million in New York taxes, he added, "If this money is going overseas, and this money is going to Hezbollah and Hamas . . . we're talking about life and death, we're talking about a very serious terror issue."
    The sting led to the arrests of 21 out of 27 men named in money-laundering, trafficking and conspiracy indictments unsealed this week. Most of them are originally from Yemen and Jordan.
    The case, which is being prosecuted by federal authorities in Virginia, was set in motion in early 2007 by New York state Tax and Finance agents, who set up a warehouse in King George County, Va., and stocked it with cases of untaxed cigarettes.
    The warehouse was extensively wired for audio and video surveillance.
    The agents then took out an ad in an Arabic-language newspaper in New Jersey, offering "Tobacco for less . . . special prices for the Arab and African community," and asking those interested to call a phone with a Virginia area code.

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    Just freaking great!

    Now we have to do a "Bloomberg Cigarette Give-Away!"
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    When a pack of smokes is what, $10 a pack in NYC of course people are going to smuggle in cheaper ones rofl

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    yankees98a wrote:
    Yes it doesn't have to do with open carry. But how is this legal? NY Authorities advertise in NJ for Cigarettes in their VA warehouse that's untaxed.
    SMOKE RING IS SNUFFED CIG-TERROR LINK FEARED By DAN MANGAN June 5, 2008 -- Nearly two dozen Arab cigarette smugglers have been smoked out for buying and then reselling contraband butts to New York bodegas and other shops.
    Lured by fake ads in Arabic-language newspapers, the smugglers bought $6 million in contraband smokes from New York tax and federal undercover agents.
    And a top elected official now warns that the untaxed cigarettes could be funding terror overseas.
    All the profits of the smugglers - whose sales to hundreds of area stores exceeds the business of most legitimate wholesalers - "was shipped overseas to the Middle East," said Deputy Commissioner William Comiskey of the state Taxation and Finance Office.
    "We know that the money wasn't kept here," said Comiskey, whose agents conducted the elaborate sting, noting that "it's a possibility" that the smugglers' multimillion-dollar operations, which also include sales of guns and counterfeit tax stamps, could be at least partly funding terrorism.
    Rep. Peter King (R-LI) said that the smuggling "has serious international ramifications."
    "The terror aspect will be looked into," he added.
    Noting that the suspected smugglers ducked paying $10 million in New York taxes, he added, "If this money is going overseas, and this money is going to Hezbollah and Hamas . . . we're talking about life and death, we're talking about a very serious terror issue."
    The sting led to the arrests of 21 out of 27 men named in money-laundering, trafficking and conspiracy indictments unsealed this week. Most of them are originally from Yemen and Jordan.
    The case, which is being prosecuted by federal authorities in Virginia, was set in motion in early 2007 by New York state Tax and Finance agents, who set up a warehouse in King George County, Va., and stocked it with cases of untaxed cigarettes.
    The warehouse was extensively wired for audio and video surveillance.
    The agents then took out an ad in an Arabic-language newspaper in New Jersey, offering "Tobacco for less . . . special prices for the Arab and African community," and asking those interested to call a phone with a Virginia area code.
    Lookslike it started out as a New York investigation and they found out that it involved multiple states. They then went to the Feds. They were most likely acting under the authority of the "undercover federal agents".

    Or it wasjust a rogue NY cop operation and they snuck into another state to setup a sting, and then got the feds help to make it look legit.

    Pick you favorite option.

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    Yeah, well, since prohibition on alcohol and then other drugs has worked out so very well for this nation, NYC is trying to price cigarettes such that they are essentially a prohibited item for an average earner. How's that working out for ya, NYC? Smugglers? Can't imagine. Why not ban them altogether and put NYC back at the top for most dangerous US cities. Dumbasses ...
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    Does anybody doubt that some, if not all, of the federal undercover agents are BATFE ? The T is for tobacco after all. No good could possibly come from that gang infesting King George County.

    Seriously though, which is worse, the carpet baggers or the revenuers?
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    You don't reckon them revenuers IS carpet baggers now do ya?!?! Bessie, I reckon you best run an git mah squirrel gun, an' tell the boys tuh meet me down in thuh holler 'round past muh fishin' crick. Hurry on now, heer! (banjo swells then fades)

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    A: That's when you toss a banjo in the dumpster and it lands on the accordion.

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    caltain wrote:
    You don't reckon them revenuers IS carpet baggers now do ya?!?! Bessie, I reckon you best run an git mah squirrel gun, an' tell the boys tuh meet me down in thuh holler 'round past muh fishin' crick. Hurry on now, heer! (banjo swells then fades)

    Q: Hey, what's the definition of Perfect Pitch?
    A: That's when you toss a banjo in the dumpster and it lands on the accordion.
    Hey,

    I reckon you'd bejoshin me. It seems a tad snarky towards country folk / gun owners. (Sorry for being redundant)

    Say, you wouldn't be kin to that city slicker Saslaw now would you?
    He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to see. Pancho & Lefty

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    An' I reckon if "Banjo Dick" even has enny kin from his native D.C., they'd know better than to come down to Virginny without disguises on. Hell, don't them damyankees need a visa to come down here as it is? If not, there oughtta be a law!

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