ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales, records show

The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation. The secret account is at the heart of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were swindled out of $24 million.

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3 rescued after car gets stuck in San Marcos Creek near San Miguel

Cal Fire firefighters help a tow truck pull a car from rain-swollen San Marcos Creek west of San Miguel on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Earlier, they rescued a man, woman and child from the car.
David Middlecamp The Tribune
3 rescued after car gets stuck in San Marcos Creek near San Miguel 0:47

3 rescued after car gets stuck in San Marcos Creek near San Miguel

Town hall with U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal draws hundreds in Arroyo Grande 1:46

Town hall with U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal draws hundreds in Arroyo Grande

Highlights of Paso Robles girls water polo's playoff loss to Redlands East Valley 0:48

Highlights of Paso Robles girls water polo's playoff loss to Redlands East Valley

Highlights of Coast Union basketball playoff win over Faith Baptist 1:37

Highlights of Coast Union basketball playoff win over Faith Baptist

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