Md. Man Pleads Guilty in Contraband Cigarette Plot

Friday, Jul 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:20 PM EDT
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Md. Man Pleads Guilty in Contraband Cigarette Plot

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The owner of an auto glass store in Prince George's County, Md., has pleaded guilty in a plot to traffic millions of contraband cigarettes across state lines.

Amir Miljkovic pleaded guilty in federal court in Greenbelt on Friday to extortion conspiracy.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in October.

Prosecutors said Miljkovic and a county police officer, Richard Delabrer, purchased untaxed cigarettes from an undercover agent and then sold them to the owner of a carryout store in Maryland. The cigarettes were then sold in New York.

All told, prosecutors said Miljkovic and his co-conspirators paid an undercover agent nearly $1.8 million for more than 17 million cigarettes.

Delabrer and two other men have already pleaded guilty to their roles.

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