Police uncover cigarette sales scheme in Newark, authorities say

From: NJ.com

By Noah Cohen

NEWARK — The victim of a Newark carjacking turned out to be a suspect in an investigation that led authorities to seize two vehicles with a haul of counterfeit cigarette tax stamps and more than $18,000, authorities said Wednesday.

Merysol Mendez-Reyes, 51, of Newark, was arrested Sept. 20 after police responded to a reported carjacking and shots fired near Highland and Delavan avenues, according to the city’s Department of Public Safety. A man told officers he ran from a carjacking while one of the attackers fired at him with a handgun.

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