Man gets year in prison for smuggling cigarettes from Missouri

SHARE Man gets year in prison for smuggling cigarettes from Missouri

A Chicago man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling black market cigarettes into Illinois from Missouri.

Johnell E. Henderson, 36, was arrested May 15, 2013, after a traffic stop by Illinois State Police, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Henderson was caught with about 1,470 packages of Newport 100 cigarettes, bought in Missouri, the department said. IDOR agents determined he was not authorized to possess or transport the cigarettes.

He was sentenced to a year after pleading guilty to felony cigarette smuggling, according to the statement.

“I am pleased to see that the courts take cigarette smuggling as seriously as we do,” state Director of Revenue Connie Beard said in the statement. “When black market cigarettes are sold in Illinois, not only does the state get cheated out of significant tax revenues, our law-abiding retailers lose sales.”

Henderson has been held at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill since Tuesday, according to IDOC records. He was previously sentenced to four years for a 2005 narcotics conviction.

The Latest
A former Chicagoan conducted hundreds of interviews to document the sometimes shadowy establishments.
They were found inside a residence in the 1300 block of South Harding Avenue, police said.
These workers got the rest of us through the pandemic, but continue to experience no benefits or unaffordable benefits, few health and safety protections, and job and income insecurity.
He doesn’t seem to realize how much his cheating has hurt his wife.
Suburban hummingbirds, a surprise greenback walleye from the Kankakee system, a nugget on the Illinois pheasant forecast, and Illinois’ longest-lived Canada goose are among the notes from around Chicago and beyond.