A New Jersey man who allegedly sold thousands of cigarettes has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute tobacco products and obstruction of interstate commerce.
James Edward DeBerg, 51, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cigarettes, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
DeBerg is expected to be sentenced Dec. 16.
He faces up to 15 years in state prison.
Prosecutors said the conspiracy began when DeBurgos brother and his mother, Denise, began selling cigarette butts to other friends, who then used them to buy tobacco at the DeBorgos residence.
They also sold cigarettes to a woman who used the tobacco to make a homemade e-cigarette that they sold online.
DeSantis told authorities he believed his brother’s online sales were legitimate.
DeLisi, who is now in jail, told investigators that he was aware that his brother was selling cigarettes online, and that his father was selling them.
DeRisi also said that the sale of tobacco products online was illegal under federal law, but that his older brother’s selling of cigarettes on the Internet made him a target for law enforcement.
DeBergen is also facing charges of conspiracy and obstruction.
He is due back in court on Dec. 17.
DeBelle has also pleaded guilty.
She is expected back in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, in February.
DeBerry, the lawyer for DeBberg, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.