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June 05, 2012 Three men showed up at a warehouse in southwest suburban Hickory Hills this spring with a big score in mind, prosecutors allege. The plan was to buy more than 1,000 packs of unstamped cigarettes to resell, the Illinois attorney general’s office said, a common tactic to circumvent local taxes and turn a profit. But the men were arrested when it turned out that their supplier was an informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to court records. The three face felony charges. It’s that kind of scheme that authorities say they could see more often if Gov. Pat Quinn signs legislation to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1-per-pack.
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