SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A South Carolina tobacco broker has been sentenced to six years in prison for illegal cigarette manufacturing and laundering drug money by running it through slot machines at a northern New York Indian reservation.
U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue sentenced 67-year-old William Humphries of Lake City, S.C., on Monday.
Federal prosecutors say between 2005 and 2006, Humphries supplied tobacco and cigarette-making supplies to an unlicensed manufacturer on the Mohawk Indian Reservation along the Canadian border. The cigarettes were smuggled into Canada, defrauding the Canadian government of $40 million in tax revenues.
Prosecutors say the cigarette manufacturer also trafficked in marijuana, and Humphries took nearly $2 million in cash reeking of marijuana to the casino to launder it.
Humphries told the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1eGAd8c ) after court that he was gambling, not money laundering.