St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York


The federal government made more than $1 million auctioning the property of a man convicted of running a multimillion dollar alcohol and tobacco smuggling ring that operated through the reservation. On April 24, the Internal Revenue Service sold Larry Miller's home in Las Vegas and three parcels of land there for $1,077,000, U.S. Attorney Dan French said. Miller, a former Massena bar owner, is serving a 17 1/2 year sentence in federal prison and had to forfeit as much as $79 million in personal assets. He was among more than two dozen people convicted in connection with smuggling operation, which federal prosecutors said moved nearly $700 million worth of tobacco and alcohol onto the Canadian black market between 1991 and 1997. The convicted smugglers also included several Mohawk businessmen, a former tribal chief and a top tobacco executive with Northern Brands, a Canadian subsidiary of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.