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Posted June 09, 2004 by publisher in Cuban Cigars

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By HERBERT G. MCCANN | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

A lawyer was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison for smuggling thousands of fine Cuban cigars into this country and selling them for a fat profit.

Richard “Mick” Connors, 54, was also fined $60,000 and placed on three years’ probation.

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman ordered Connors taken into custody immediately, despite a request that he be allowed to attend his daughter’s wedding later this month. The judge said the former public defender is too familiar with ways to flee the country.

Connors was convicted in 2002 of smuggling, trading with the enemy, conspiracy and lying to a passport officer.

Cuba has been under a U.S. trade embargo since the early 1960s.
Witnesses testified that in the early 1990s, as the cigar fad was building in the United States, Connors traveled to the communist island by way of Canada and Mexico almost monthly, bought cigars at $25 to $60 a box and sold them in the United States for up to $400 a box. He was arrested at the Canadian border in 1996 with 1,150 cigars.

U.S. citizens must have permission to visit Cuba. Authorized visitors may bring back $100 worth of goods including cigars for their own use but may not resell them in this country.

Connors plans to appeal, said his attorney, Jack Cutrone.

Cuba is famous for its fine cigars. Before signing the 1962 embargo, President Kennedy is said to have sent press secretary Pierre Salinger out to scour Washington for as many of his favorite Cuban cigars as he could find.

Many Cuban cigars are brought into the United States every year in small quantities by individuals who are not part of any smuggling rings.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 09, 2004 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Bullshit. I don’t believe it.

    There has to be more to the story. Either he just got three years probation or he did a lot more than smuggle cigars.

    This goes back to “the early 1990s” and the guy was “arrested in 1996” and he was “convicted in 2002” and now in 2004 he’ sentenced to three years in prison.

    Bullshit.

    I’ll bet you the Associated Press is wrong on this.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 10, 2004 by MJD

    There are hundreds of people like this guy. Are you kidding ? Just because the AP got a hold of it doesn’t make it special or unique. Tragic maybe…


  3. Follow up post #3 added on June 10, 2004 by MJD

    There are hundreds of people like this guy. Are you kidding ? Just because the AP got a hold of it doesn’t make it special or unique. Tragic maybe…


  4. Follow up post #4 added on June 10, 2004 by MJD

    There are hundreds of people like this guy. Are you kidding ? Just because the AP got a hold of it doesn’t make it special or unique. Tragic maybe…


  5. Follow up post #5 added on May 23, 2009 by Alaska

    It’s new LINK REMOVED. The perfecto cuban cigar shape.The smoker loving cuban cigars and cuban cigar that everyone wishes to smoke..


  6. Follow up post #6 added on May 23, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Alaska,

    Your link has been removed. We don’t mind self promotion so long as it benefits the readers.



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  7. Follow up post #7 added on February 15, 2011 by Marco

    There is a company called Cigarchief out of Canada run by Robert Greenwood, a Mohawk Indian. This is all Cigarchief does, is sell cubans into the US and they ship the stuff by Mail, Canada Post, which the USPS delivers in country for Canada Post. This is no small operation either, Bob brags about selling $25000 a week into the US, and doesnt worry about the Law, I guess thats because he is Native, but that doesnt help the poor citizen that is busted.


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