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Hogansburg man sentenced for possession of contraband cigarettes

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Ian Tarbell, 46, of Hogansburg, NY, who was convicted of possession of contraband cigarettes, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who handled the case, stated that the defendant was arrested on February 18, 2016, in Pembroke, NY, following a traffic stop by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Tarbell was driving a truck that was pulling a trailer loaded with untaxed and unstamped cigarettes. In total, the defendant was transporting more than 900,000 unstamped and untaxed cigarettes. The New York State and Federal taxes imposed on such cigarettes would have totaled more than $300,000.  
Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict; the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of William A. Sheron, Jr.; and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, under the direction of Commissioner Thomas Mattox.