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ICE RAIDS DOZENS OF CONVENIENCE STORES IN MASSIVE MOVE

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

 

35 out of 60  people  have been indicted by a Federal grand jury so far ( names listed below).  See if you can see a pattern in their names !      Thanks to Mary Frances Forrester for sharing this article.     Nancy
… But Look What the Media’s Hiding
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by Brian Hayes | Top Right News   June 1, 2017
President Trump unleashed ICE once again this week, this time deploying its Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit, along with the DEA to arrest dozens of convenience store owners across 4 states.
Over 60 people were arrested, and already 35 of them have been indicted by a Federal grand jury, with federal conspiracy charges for money launderingdistributing controlled substances and trafficking contraband cigarettes.
The AP carried this story:
(T)he suspects conspired for more than 2 years to buy contraband cigarettes in St. Louis, a low tax market, while transporting and distributing them in Chicago, Illinois, and New Jersey, which are high tax markets. The store owners are accused of using several convenience stores that they operated to create the appearance of legal cigarette purchases.
Illegal profits form the contraband cigarette sales were laundered through accounts associated with the stores, and used to manufacture and distribute illegal controlled substances.
A synthetic drug, K-2, was sold every day from a handful of the convenience stores. Authorities said the store owners manufactured synthetic drugs themselves by importing chemicals from China.
“The collaboration with our federal and local law enforcement partners is the key to breaking criminal enterprises in this area,” said Special Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons of HSI Chicago.
Synthetic drugs that are sold as substitutes for cocaine and methamphetamine, are neither legal nor safe,” said James P. Shroba, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA St. Louis Division. “These substances were never intended for human consumption and only serve to satisfy the avarice of the seller.”
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum of five to 20 years in prison and the a $1 million dollar fine.
But here’s what the Associated “Press” didn’t think you needed to know…the names of those indicted.
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