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Press Release


For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

WHEN:       Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM

WHERE:     Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

                        4710 Corporation Drive

                        Fayetteville, NC                  

Re:                  Operation “Southern Lights” Press Conference

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office announces a press conference to discuss the indictment and arrests of multiple defendants in an ongoing investigation into a multi-state organization on the east coast engaged in cigarette trafficking and money laundering. The organization was based in Cumberland County, North Carolina.  The following agencies took part in Operation Southern Lights:  Homeland Security Investigations, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

 In addition to United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr., it is anticipated members of Homeland Security Investigations, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service to be present at this event.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. For additional information please e-mail Don Connelly at  Please RSVP your intentions to attend the event.


Updated July 19, 2019

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