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US man pleads guilty to cigarette trafficking

US man pleads guilty to cigarette trafficking

A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty in federal court to buying more than $2 million of contraband cigarettes. He also was found to have some 10 million Chinese-made counterfeit cigarettes.
Bing Feng Mai of Harrisburg pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of felony cigarette trafficking. Mai was arrested July 2 after a series of meetings with undercover officers in northern Virginia, during which authorities said he bought 20 million untaxed, unstamped cigarettes.
Contraband cigarettes lack required stamps for state and local taxes.
Authorities also seized nearly 10 million counterfeit cigarettes Mai kept in a storage facility. The cigarettes were fake versions of Philip Morris' Marlboro brand that were made in China.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 13. He faces up to 10 years in prison.


Updated : 2021-04-16 02:40 GMT+08:00