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ATF agents stop at Scranton tobacco business

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Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Tuesday were at a South Scranton tobacco business conducting an investigation, city Police Chief Dan Duffy said.

Agents spent part of the day at the 1111 S. Washington Ave. business, though the chief said he was not privy to the details of their probe or what they were looking for.

“I can’t speak on behalf of their case,” the chief said Tuesday night. “The details of it, I don’t know.”

Efforts to reach ATF officials were unsuccessful Tuesday night.

According to state Department of State records, the business at 1111 S. Washington Ave. is called Cigars & Supplies Inc.

The records list Syed Bokhari as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the company.

Efforts to reach him Tuesday night were also unsuccessful.

City police provided “basis assistance” to ATF agents on Tuesday, which is common, the chief said.

Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola said he was not aware of the ATF probe.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that ATF agents conducted searches of business and residences in Hamden, Danbury, Berlin, Middletown and Seymour in Connecticut, Springfield and Attleboro in Massachusettes and in Scranton.

It is unclear if the raids are related.

Jim McNally, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Boston, told The Associated Press there were no arrests, but could not comment other than saying it was an enforcement operation led by ATF. He did confirm agents with the Department of Homeland Security were involved in the searches.

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