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14 arrested for selling illegal cigarettes across the Triple Cities

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Law enforcement officials have broken up a crime ring allegedly selling illegal cigarettes across the Triple Cities.

Fourteen people were arrested as police conducted raids last Thursday on 11 convenience stores in Endicott, Endwell, Johnson City and Binghamton.

The small neighborhood bodegas are accused of selling untaxed tobacco products.

A spokesman for the Broome County District Attorney's office tells NewsChannel 34 that the cigarettes came from a variety of sources, some from non-tax Indian reservations, some from low tax states like Missouri, and others are believed to have been stolen.

The alleged ringleader is 40 year-old Hafdallah Algahim of Johnson City who operates the Main Street Market in Endwell.

Algahim is facing felony charges while the remaining defendants are accused of misdemeanors.

The following arrester were made:

  • Al Khwlani, Wale A.
    01/01/1986 - 1 Washington Avenue, Endicott, NY
    - JC Deli/Johnson City
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
  • Sheriff, Bonnie G.
    04/15/1961 - 49 Zoa Avenue, Johnson City, NY
    - Quick Stop/Johnson City
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 5th 1802 Tax Law Misd
  • Marqa, Mohammad A. 
    08/07/1978 - 114 Pennsylvania Avenue, Binghamton, NY
    - NYC Deli/Endicott 
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
  • Mugali, Fuad N. 
    06/04/1973 - 29 Lake Avenue, Binghamton, NY
    Wilson Deli/JohnsonCity 
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
  • Qasem, Malik M. 
    01/27/1981 - 55 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY
    Prince Deli/Binghamton 
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
  • Salah, Abdulnaser A. 
    01/01/1987 - 55 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY
    Prince Deli/Binghamton 
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
  • Salah, Mohammed A. 
    01/01/1988 - 55 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY
    S.King Deli/Johnson City 
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 5th 1802 Tax Law Misd
  • Laraway, Debra A. 
    07/25/1969 - 43 Broad Street, Johnson City, NY
    Quick Stop Deli/Johnson City
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 5th 1802 Tax Law Misd
  • Algahim, Hafdhallah A. 
    04/17/1977 - 205 Main Street, Johnson City, NY
    Main St Mkt/Union
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 5th 1802 Tax Law Misd, 
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 4th 1803 Tax Law E Fel
    • Poss/Trans 10K+ Cig 1814 Tax Law E Fel
  • Albahri, Abdulqader A. 
    02/01/1989 - 1 Washington Avenue, # 302, Endicott, NY
    NYC Deli/Endicott
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 5th 1802 Tax Law Misd
  • Drmosh, Arfat 
    01/01/1982 - 237 Main Street, Johnson City, NY
    One Stop Shop/Johnson City
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 5th 1802 Tax Law Misd
  • Almakri, Mohamed A.
    01/02/1998 - 55 Robinson Street, Apt 1, Binghamton, NY
    Prince Deli/Binghamton
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 5th 1802 Tax Law Misd
  • Korin, Antar H.
    03/03/1996 - 109 Harrison Avenue, Endicott, NY
    ​​​​​​​Five Star Five/Endicott
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.
    • Criminal Tax Fraud 5th 1802 Tax Law Misd
  • Aljohim, Mustafa A.
    09/10/1993 - 606 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY
    Bing Deli/Binghamton
    • Poss or Sell Unstamped Cigarettes 1814 Tax Law Misd.

The DA's office was joined in the investigation by the New York State Police and state tax enforcement agents.

The DA's spokesman says more arrests are expected.


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