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Cigarettes, cash and cover-ups: A US agency's shady actions

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The warehouse used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives during a seven-year undercover tobacco operation in Bristol, Virginia. Newly unsealed records reveal a widespread scheme by the bureau that began as a way to catch black-market cigarette dealers.

Bristol, Virginia

FOR seven years, agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) followed an unwritten policy: If you needed to buy something for one of your cases, do not bother asking Washington. Talk to agents in Bristol who controlled a multimillion-dollar

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