UPDATE: Memphis man second to go to court in cigarette case

GREENVILLE — A Memphis businessman linked to a multistate black-market cigarette operation will be in federal court in Greenville on Nov. 24 to face charges in the investigation, according to court documents.

However, prosecutors have not released any information on charges against Randy Benham and Jerry Burke.

Burke, of Tupelo, will be in the Greenville court that same day.

Documents accuse Burke of flying a plane to traffic the cigarettes and continuing his involvement with the business, even after he sold it to Benham.

Prosecutors allege Benham made it appear the cigarettes were being sold in Mississippi when they were being diverted to other states.

Federal agents raided a Tupelo warehouse owned by Benham in May. They seized thousands of cartons of cigarettes on which no state or federal taxes had been paid.

The Associated Press