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    By Frank Eltman
    Central Islip, New York (AP)

    The owner of an Indian reservation smoke shop that prosecutors claim is a major supplier of black market cigarettes was convicted of racketeering conspiracy May 1, but acquitted of charges that he waged a campaign of arson and murder to protect his multimillion dollar business.

    A federal jury on Long Island deliberated off and on for a month before delivering the split verdict in the case of Mastic cigarette dealer Rodney Morrison. The marathon trial began in November.

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