Illegal Cigarette Trafficking Ring Busted in Georgia

By: Mark Winne Email
By: Mark Winne Email

ATLANTA, GA 10/21/2011 -- "We catch the stupid, the greedy and the damned unlucky," said ATF agent David Brewer.

But he says the case culminating with raids Wednesday and fifty arrest warrants was not about the stupid or unlucky. But the greed and the green, and not paying cigarette taxes.

"Some of these people that were suspicious of us, greed always won out in the end. The people that kept coming back, greed is the reason why they did so," said Brewer.

Cigarettes and cigars in a warehouse were props for undercover deals. Near the end of roughly four years he spent undercover in an underground economy.

Playing a criminal making cigarettes and cigars with fake tax stamps or none at all available to wholesalers and retailers across Metro Atlanta and beyond.

Brewer says Wednesday an undercover partner counted more than a million dollars from six undercover deals in the warehouse.

Defense lawyer Manny Arora says he represents four arrested retailers and Howard Manchel represents one; they say their clients are not guilty.

"If you can tell a fake tax stamp from a real tax stamp you're quite an expert," said Arona. "They're convenience store operators and they're out there and they re doing their best to supply what their customers need," added Manchel.

A state department of revenue official says counterfeit Newport cigarettes suspected of coming from China.

Brewer says many of the black market cigarettes in Metro Atlanta these days are illegal Chinese counterfeits; which may carry health risks beyond even the known deadly dangers of smoking.

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  • by ___ Location: Alabama on Feb 6, 2012 at 02:27 AM
    I worked for four of these wholesalers. They cheated me soo much. Wage, honesty. They cheated me. The workers are currupt.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Oct 23, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    I do not understand your dogma! Is it that you dislike 'fat cats' or ministers? None of what your blog articulates of Marxism, has anything to do with 'bootleg cigarettes? Thanx.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    I googled david brewer china britain business council is that the same David Brewer? Also if you click videos on the google search people their some stuff put in David Brewer ATF that David seems to have some tie to China....I am just curious is it the same David Brewer
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      by google expert. on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to
      yes that is him.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    Why, under this Administration , are American’s so portrait as Greedy, Fat cats, Capitalist. It is like a common Theme through out his whole office to do that.. I get he grew up in a third world country where poverty was so wide spread and he was mentored by A man who got on TV and screamed GD America to proclaim his hatred toward this country, and their “fat” Cats citizens A man that helped him win the highest seat in the land they hate so much. But what I don't get is that you all do not see what his plan for change is. The plan is to destroy Capitalism and impose Marxism. To those who grew up in third world poverty stricken country’s, like he did, American’s poor look like capitalist fat cats, Some of you all are so self absorbed with your financial struggles you do not get that to third world countries, you all are considered Fat Cat’s, They are talking about you.
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      by Jason Benton on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:29 PM in reply to
      Dude, Your posts make no sense at all. Clearly, your paranoia has gone too far; please seek professional help...seriously.
  • by Under this Asministration Greedy Ameican's Common Theme, on Oct 23, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    You all think that if they are successful in raising taxes that the little guy in this country will be the ones that receive the landfall. Wrong. In his eyes, China is the little guy that need help, not you all. In his eyes , you all our a bunch of greedy fat capitalist, who created their own financial trouble by spending so much. He is going to give our new tax money to China while he continue to enslave us to them by running our dept up so high we will never recover and we will be force to except the one world economy. That is his plan for change. He wants to change the world. You all that think poor are not poor in his eyes. He seen poor, he grew up third world poverty. You all are not poor to him. You are stupid. That is how he sees you.
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      by yea china cares more about the little man than the usa gov. on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:47 PM in reply to Under this Asministration Greedy Ameican's Common Theme,
      thank god for china. so what if the cigarettes are posion we dont need smokers blowing smoke in our non smokers face anyway.
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        by grannie on Oct 30, 2011 at 05:27 PM in reply to yea china cares more about the little man than the usa gov.
        i sure as hell don't need china!
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