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Indian-cigarette Kingpin’s Sentencing Postponed


A judge has postponed the sentencing of one of New York’s biggest dealers in tax-free tobacco.

Rodney Morrison had been scheduled for sentencing Friday in Central Islip.

This undated photo provided by the pretrial services division at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York shows Rodney Morrison. Morrison, who walked away from the drug trade in favor of smuggling untaxed cigarettes, could face 30 years in prison when sentenced on Sept. 25, 2009 for illegally trafficking in cigarettes. (AP Photo/U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York)

This undated photo provided by the pretrial services division at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York shows Rodney Morrison. (AP Photo/U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York)


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He was convicted of racketeering for trafficking in contraband cigarettes on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation on eastern Long Island. He was acquitted of murder, arson and robbery in a 2008 trial.

U.S. District Judge Denis R. Hurley delayed the sentencing until Jan. 7. He received some last-minute demands for restitution in the case from state, county and city tax officials.

Morrison’s sentencing was originally scheduled for Sept. 25. 
 

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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