1 of 3 accused of transporting untaxed cigarettes gets probation

1 of 3 accused of transporting untaxed cigarettes gets probation

URBANA — One of three men involved in ferrying cigarettes without Illinois tax stamps has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Romale Bussell, 26, of Chicago pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession of between 250 and 1,001 unstamped cigarettes, a Class 4 felony. He admitted that he had the cigarettes — about 580 packs — in the car he was in on Aug. 31 on Interstate 57 near Curtis Road in Champaign County.

He and two other men with him said they bought the cigarettes in other states and planned to resell them in Chicago.

Illinois State Police stopped the car because a back-seat passenger wasn't wearing a seat belt.

The two other men were charged with the same offense; their cases have not yet been resolved.

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