Local man charged in cigarette trafficking operation

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 48-year-old man from Hollywood, SC was charged in federal court for conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes.

Nathaniel Elmore along with 41-year-old William Helton of Commack, NY and 41-year-old Charley Antonio Davis Jr of Bishopville, SC were charged in a 23 count indictment with conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes and money laundering.

Prosecutors claim that the three men were involved in a scheme to purchase millions of dollars in cigarettes in South Carolina and then resell the cigarettes in other states without paying applicable taxes.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles said the maximum penalty the men face for the charges is ten years imprisonment. 
The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Internal Revenue Service.

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