Sanjay Bector pled guilty yesterday in Gwinnett County Superior Court to one count of Possession of Cigarettes with Counterfeit Stamps (O.C.G. A. § 48-11-28). Judge Ronnie K. Batchelor sentenced Bector to 10 years to serve 24 months, to be suspended upon his deportation. Earlier this year, an immigration court judge entered an order removing Bector to
Bector was a key conspirator in an illegal tobacco trafficking ring that spanned several counties and resulted in 50 individuals being arrested for violations of state law involving the illegal possession, sale and distribution of contraband cigarettes. Bector avoided the payment of state excise taxes on cigarettes by knowingly purchasing untaxed cigarettes which had counterfeit excise tax stamps.
Bector was associated with City South, a tobacco wholesaler located in
“The defendant in this case cheated the State of
“ATF’s primary goal in tobacco enforcement is to enforce the federal laws relating to tobacco diversion and protect the revenue of the federal and state government,” said Scott Sweetow, Special Agent in Charge, Atlanta Field Division. “Through tobacco diversion investigations, ATF disrupts and eliminates criminal organizations by identifying and arresting offenders who traffic illegal tobacco products. This significant sentence handed down by the court represents the severity of the crimes these individuals were engaged in.”
The indictment of Bector was the result of a joint federal and state law enforcement effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Atlanta Field Division, Georgia Attorney General’s