Man admits buying nearly $2 million in contraband cigarettes from undercover law officers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Federal law officers busted a scheme that involved nearly $2 million worth of contraband cigarettes.

The undercover investigation snared an Overland Park man who pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to his role in the crime.

Randall H. McColley, 67, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City.

Undercover agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sold McColley and another person 108,120 cartons of contraband cigarettes between May 2011 and February 2012.

McColley picked up the cigarettes or had them delivered to his home office.

The cartons were hauled to El Dorado, Kan., according to the news release.

The scam cost the state more than $90,000 in lost tax revenue.

McColley could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $250,000.




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