PINETOP — Navajo County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) deputies assisted around 60 Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents in taking down a cigarette smuggling operation Dec. 10.

Aside from the tobacco, reports are that a large quantity of weapons, along with around $1 million in cash, was recovered from properties in the Pinetop Lakes or Pinetop Country Club areas.

Being an ATF case, all questions have been referred the agency's public information officer. NCSO Chief Deputy Jim Molesa did say the bust was in relation to a nationwide investigation involving sales of untaxed tobacco.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 17 edition of the Tuesday Independent.

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over the hill

Holy Smokes!

Retired Captain

Wow....we are all safe now that the federal JBT police have dedicated themselves to saving us all.

A national crisis has been averted now that untaxed tobacco products have been brought back under required, necessary federal control.

Thanks God almighty.

Now where is that sarcasm font?


FreeAmerica

Well, I feel safer now???

funnyboy

Nice work boys! Now go to work for real!

Becky

REALLY???? TABACCO! NOT DRUGS OR GANGS???

Becky

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FreeAmerica

I know the victims. Very nice people who have helped everyone they knew needed it. It's all about the money the government feels they're missing out on. The ATF took everything they had.

Nicholas

What should be illegal is the 04-01-09 Federal Excise Tax increase on tobacco from $1.09 to $24.78 per pound.....

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