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Tobacco smuggling ring has Anne Arundel link: Md. officials

The Maryland Comptroller's office says agents have busted an underground tobacco smuggling operation that could involve up to 54 Baltimore businesses, confiscating nearly $140,000 in illegal tobacco products from one person.

Anne Arundel County resident Kyun Hong has been charged with transporting and possession of contraband tobacco.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the sting Monday, and said the seized items — including more than 2,600 packs of illegal cigarettes and other untaxed tobacco products such as cigars — represent tens of thousands of dollars in lost tax revenue.

So far six Baltimore retail stores have been charged with various violations, but dozens more are still being investigated.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 25, 2010; 3:46 PM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Baltimore  
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