Where there’s smoke…
A raid on a Brooklyn grocery store Wednesday turned up a massive trove of untaxed cigarettes, snuff and liquor — valued at more than half a million dollars, the NYC Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies grabbed more than 5,000 cartons of cigarettes, enough boxes of snuff to fill about half of a walk-in freezer and at least 1,000 bottles of spirits at Barrel Beer on Ditmas Avenue and East Fourth Street in Kensington, NYC Sheriff Joseph Fucito said.
“We normally do inspections in various parts of the city,” Fucito said. But “this is a significant amount for one store.”
Inside the deli — which wasn’t licensed to sell booze or cigarettes — deputies also found homemade moonshine stored in seltzer bottles, a law enforcement source said.
Authorities said they also found a bogus liquor license.
Mohabbat Ejalalova, who was working at the store at the time of the bust, was charged with possession of a forged instrument, possession of untaxed cigarettes, which is a felony, and possession of other tobacco products, a misdemeanor.
The 32-year-old Far Rockaway resident was being processed by the sheriff’s office, Fucito said.
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