Sirens & Gavels

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010, 8:32 A.M.

State gets $500,000 in seized cig money

The Washington state Liquor Control Board recently received $500,000 seized in an illegal cigarette trafficking case.

The money will be used to assist the agency in enforcing liquor laws in the state, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington announced Wednesday.

The money is part of $1.4 million forfeited by Peter and Peggy Mahoney, who were sentenced in October 2007 for selling untaxed cigarettes to Washington Indian retailers from their Warpath Smoke Shop/One Stop in Plummer, Idaho.

Past coverage:

Three sentenced for cigarette trafficking

Two plead guilty in cigarette trafficking

Five indicted in cigarette sting

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