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Chinese Man Gets 70 Months in Prison For Buying Millions of Contraband Cigarette Cartons From Undercover ATF Agents With Cash and Ectasy Pills

marlboros2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A resident of Flushing, N.Y., who hailed from China, is headed off to prison for buying illegal cigarettes from undercover ATF agents and paying in cash and with Ectasy-like pills, authorities said.

Rui Bai Wang, 33, was sentenced last week to 5 years and 10 months in prison in Alexandria, Va. Authorities said he will be deported after serving his sentence.

According to authorities Wang was part of a conspiracy that bought about 2.4 million low-taxed cigarettes cartons in 2009 in Virginia from ATF agents with $165,000 and 22,000 Ectasy-like pills. The pills commonly sell for $15 to $20 a pill on the street, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The cigarettes were then sold in New York where the tax on each carton is much higher. Had they purchased the cigarettes in New York City, they would have had to pay $4.25 in taxes for each pack. Instead, they paid the 30 cents per pack in Virginia, according to a court document.

Willie Brownlee, acting special agent in charge of the ATF Washington field Division, which includes Virginia, said on Monday that the sale of contraband cigarettes is a big problem.

” A lot of this money could be used for organized crime, violent crime organizations and things of that nature,” he said.

Ecstasy Pills Showing Up in Shapes Like Bart Simpson and Snoopy

They look innocent enough. And that is what is scaring local and federal authorities.

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By JOE LAMBE
The Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drugs shaped like Snoopy, Transformers and President Barack Obama’s head recently showed up on Kansas City area streets, adding to a trend that worries police and health experts.

Colorful Ecstasy pills started showing up last year shaped as Homer and Bart Simpson, Ninja Turtles and other characters. As more of the pills that look like vitamins or candy go out locally and nationwide, they put children at great risk, police and experts said.

“Someone leaves this around … kids pick them up and boom,” said H. Westley Clark, director of the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

The result could be seizures, a spiked blood pressure and heart rate and even death, he said.

Last month, Drug Enforcement Administration officials in Nevada sent out warnings that the cartoon pills were in Las Vegas. Dealers there call Ecstasy “Thizz” and market it to minors, the DEA warned. They also said they had found pills shaped like Ninja Turtles, Transformers and other Simpsons characters.

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Arizona Customs Agent and Wife Busted For Taking Bribes Involving Ectasy Smuggling

It’s tough enough patrolling our nation’s borders. But when you have crooked border patrol agents it makes it all that much tougher.

By Jennifer Lawinski
Fox News

A customs agent and his wife were arrested (Wednesday) night in Arizona on charges of accepting bribes to allow more than 600,000 fake ecstasy pills into the country.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Henry M. Gauani, 41, and his wife Flora A. Gauani, 46, both of Yuma, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to accept a bribe by a public official, according to the Justice Department.
“Law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard because we rely on them to protect our communities and our borders,” Diane J. Humetewa, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, said in a statement. “The vast majority of law enforcement officials are honest and hard working, and I appreciate the efforts of the federal agencies who weed out those who chose to betray the public’s trust and confidence.”
A complaint unsealed on Wednesday alleges that the Gauanis were paid $8,000 to allow 100,000 ecstasy pills into the country through Henry Gauani’s inspection lane at the border crossing in Yuma, Ariz., in December 2008.

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