3 people sentenced in Virginia for roles in cigarette trafficking scheme


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CHESTERFIELD, Virginia — Three people have been sentenced in Virginia for participating in a cigarette trafficking scheme.

Prosecutors say up to $5 million worth of untaxed cigarettes were bought in Virginia and sent to New York for resale.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1A312JX ) reports that 31-year-old Min Jie Zhu of Glen Allen pleaded guilty on Monday to felony conspiring to possess untaxed cigarettes with the intent to distribute. He was sentenced in Chesterfield Circuit Court to five years in prison with all but six months suspended.

Zhu's father, 57-year-old Yau Mau Chu of New York City, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession and distribution charge. He received a six-month suspended sentence.

Thirty-eight-year-old Rafel Dominquez of New York City pleaded guilty to a similar misdemeanor offense and received a six-month suspended sentence.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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