On August 26, 2020 The Utica Police Department Special Investigations Unit in conjunction with the Oneida County Sherriff’s Office, the New York State Police, the Internal Revenue Service,The United States Marshall's Service, and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance executed search warrants at several convenience stores relative to complaints of criminal activity.

During the search warrant executions various teams entered the establishments located at 1400 Kemble St, 1316 Oneida St, 1331 Oneida St, and 1321 Oneida St. While inside, violations of the New York State Tax Code, as well as possession of unstamped cigarettes were found and appropriately charged. Additionally a small quantity of marijuana was also located.

In total 47 cartons of unstamped cigarettes, 14 packages of synthetic marijuana, and over $45,000 were seized.

Additional charges may be levied in the future.