Utica man arrested for fireworks, untaxed cigarettes

Herkimer County

ILION, N.Y. (NEWS10) — According to state police, Ali N. Al Shugaa, 32, of Utica was arrested last week following a joint investigation into illegal sales from his smoke shop.

Local police and the state police Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on Liberty Smokeland on Central Avenue in Ilion on October 2. Using evidence from the search, authorities made a case against Al Shugaa.

Liberty Smokeland, Ilion
Liberty Smokeland, Ilion. (NYSP)

On Tuesday, October 13, they arrested Al Shugaa. He’s charged with:

  • Possession of over 30,000 untaxed cigarettes
  • Fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana
  • Unlawful sale of fireworks

With convictions, these charges could carry as much as eight years, according to maximum state sentencing guidelines.

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