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Liquor board gets seized money

The Washington state Liquor Control Board received a share of more $1.4 million seized in an illegal cigarette trafficking case, which 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 was seized and forfeited in a federal case investigating Peter and Peggy Mahoney, who were sentenced in October 2007 after pleading guilty to selling untaxed cigarettes to Washington Indian retailers from their Warpath Smoke Shop/One Stop in Plummer, Idaho.

U.S. Attorney James McDevitt, along with the IRS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, announced the liquor board will receive more than $500,000.

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