U.S. Judge: Government's Conduct In Tobacco Sting Was Within The Law

U.S. Judge: Government's Conduct In Tobacco Sting Was Within The Law

CAMDEN, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge denied dismissal to defendants who allege that agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) lured them into criminal activity by selling them contraband cigarettes and lending them money, saying April 22 that ATF agents' possession of the untaxed cigarettes falls into the "performance of official duties" exception in the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act (CCTA) (United States of America v. Melido Fortuna, et al., No. 1:12-cr-00636 D. N.J.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57295).

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