NY prosecutors report deal on illegal cigarette trucking

September 25, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Four New York prosecutors say they've reached agreement with a trucking company intended to curb trafficking in untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations to locations in New York.

The agreement signed this week by the district attorneys of St. Lawrence, Franklin, Chautauqua and Suffolk counties is with Ohio-based Greenwood Motor Lines, which does business as R&L Carriers.

The company says it will refrain from violating New York law that prohibits shipping cigarettes that don't have tax stamps for sale within the state.

The agreement says the company denies wrongdoing, though an investigation showed it delivered "native brand" cigarettes to various New York counties. It also agreed to pay $140,000 to the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society.

A call to the company wasn't initially returned Tuesday.

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