CRIME: Tobacco Road

Late one muggy afternoon last month, two men carrying bulging paper bags got out of a 1975 Mercury Marquis, walked up to a cigarette wholesaler's warehouse in Queens, pushed a bell above the steel door and were admitted. A few minutes later, another man rang the bell. "Whaddaya want?" he was asked over an intercom. "This is Jerry. I came to pick up the order," said the caller. "It's too late. I can't give you the stuff," said the voice, clicking off. The caller made a quick gesture to a building across the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!