R+L Carriers reaches settlement in cigarette trafficking case

| September 25, 2013

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R+L Carriers (ranked No. 23 on Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s Top 250), has reached a settlement agreement with New York prosecutors in a case involving the trafficking of untaxed cigarettes in the state. 

The less-than-truckload carrier, which denis any wrongdoing in the case, will adopt new compliance procedures to avoid being involved in the movement of illegally shipped cigarettes, according to court documents, and has agreed to cooperate with investigators. The carrier has also agreed to make $140,000 in payments to the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association. 

The investigation into the transport of the untaxed cigarettes began when authorities seized a large amount of untaxed cigarettes in New York’s St. Lawrence County early last year. R+L was not the trucking company carrying the loads at the time, but investigators did uncover that R+L had delivered loads of illegal cigarettes to unauthorized locations between 2010 and 2013. 

Overdrive sister site CCJ has a full report on R+L’s settlement and legislation involving illegal cigarette trafficking. Click here to read it.

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  • john

    So basically R & L is guilty by association only? Then ordered to pay a penelty? What about the people that really transported the illegal smokes? Must not have been worth pursueing! Only go after the bigger name trucking company. What a CROCK of CRAP!

  • guest

    More Crooks destroying the trucking industry…Criminals in the Office..planning CRIMES….prpbably they haul NARCOTICS too……disgusting animals operate these “trucking” companies….Most are Ex-Convicts. Sickening Anuses can always be found in the “executive offices”of these trucking companies.

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  • DEBIEVE

    IT GET’S MORE AND MORE OBVIOUS THAT NO ONE IS SAFE FROM THE POLITICAL BULL CRAP OF TRUCKING..R/L HAS BEEN A LONG TIME ESTABLISHED COMP..HELL YEAH THEY DID IT..140,000 TO MAKE IN PAYMENTS TO THESE GROUPS IS PROB NO SWEAT OFF THEIR BACK..

  • Vaudreyvil

    Leave your CAPS lock on?

  • Johnny Foo

    This is typical of smuggling prosecutions: offer a deal to the guys low in the organization in order to get their cooperation in prosecution up the chain. It doesn’t mean R&L couldn’t have been prosecuted, only that they were better witnesses than defendants.

  • 4real

    Read the last paragraph. It says they did in fact deliver loads between 2010 and 2013.
    It was around 2010 when the family gave up participating in day to day operations of the company and hired a bunch of rejects from other companies to run the business. The owner/founder, Larry Sr. has since bought out his son’s, Larry Jr’s, share of the company because Jr. couldn’t stand the way the outsiders were running the company. Says a lot about the new management.

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