Woman Pleads Guilty To Distributing Contraband Cigarettes
On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Crystal King, 32, of the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty to distribution of contraband cigarettes. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent-in-Charge; Homeland Security Investigations - Border Enforcement Security Team, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly; Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Unit, under the direction of Director Brian Manaher; the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau – Office of Field Operations, under the direction of Assistant Administrator Nicholas Colucci; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.
King is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa on April 30, 2020.
A copy of the press release may be found on the website for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York.