Cigarette trafficking spawning other crimes and possibly violence

From: Richmond Times-Dispatch

By FRANK GREEN Richmond Times-Dispatch

One frigid afternoon last January, two men transferring cigarettes to a van from a Glen Allen rental storage unit were interrupted by robbers who ordered them to the floor and held them at gunpoint. The thieves finished loading the vehicle and then drove it off with $90,000 worth of cigarettes and $25,000 in cash.

Four men have been charged by federal authorities in that robbery and three other recent Richmond-area holdups that netted hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of cigarettes and cash.

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