Chicago residents accused of selling contraband cigarettes
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ten Chicago residents are facing federal charges alleging they conspired to buy contraband cigarettes in St. Louis and took them back to Chicago to sell them.
The suspects, ages 24 through 36, were indicted April 8 on one count each of conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes. The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis announced the indictments Wednesday.
All 10 could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Federal prosecutors say that from October 2012 through this month, the suspects either sold the contraband cigarettes themselves or to local distributors, allegedly earning millions of dollars in the process.