Charlotte Field Division

Five Sentenced in Connection with Cigarette Smuggling Ring Operating in North and South Carolina

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five of twelve conspirators charged with running a cigarette smuggling ring in North and South Carolina were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 on cigarette trafficking and money laundering charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The smuggling ring was uncovered over the course of "Operation Burn Notice," a multi-agency investigation into the interstate transport and sales of stolen property and money laundering in Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C. and Columbia, S.C.

Five Sentenced in Connection with Cigarette Smuggling Ring Operating in North and South Carolina

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five of twelve conspirators charged with running a cigarette smuggling ring in North and South Carolina were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 on cigarette trafficking and money laundering charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The smuggling ring was uncovered over the course of "Operation Burn Notice," a multi-agency investigation into the interstate transport and sales of stolen property and money laundering in Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C. and Columbia, S.C.

ATF Conducts Surge of Inspections of Federal Firearms Licensees

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC — The Charlotte Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is conducting the first of several “surges” of resources to a specific area to identify illegal firearms traffickers. ATF Special Agent in Charge, Wayne L. Dixie said, “The Cumberland County area licensed firearm’s dealers have been identified as an area of concern because North Carolina has long been a “source” state for guns being illegally trafficked to other states.

Columbia Man Sentenced to 158 Months for Being Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that MICHAEL ANGELO KARRISON, age 48, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced yesterday in federal court. Earlier this year, KARRISON plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(e). Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Columbia sentenced KARRISON to 158 months (13 years) imprisonment with five years of supervised release to follow the term of imprisonment.

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