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Bowie man pleads guilty in black Chen conviction is the first stemming from a sweeping corruption investigation in Prince George County that has led to accusations against public officials, police officers and business people. The far-reaching probe became public last fall, when then-Prince George County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife, Leslie, now a council member, were arrested. The bribery investigation and the case involving contraband cigarettes and alcohol apparently are linked by a connection between Jack Johnson and liquor store owner Amrik Melhi, 51. Prosecutors allege that Jack Johnson solicited and accepted bribes from Melhi, co-owner of Tick Tock Liquors and Restaurant in Langley Park, and others. Melhi has been charged in the cigarette and alcohol case. Attorney David Copperthite offered a detailed picture Friday of the cigarette and liquor operation. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow said Chen attorneys plan to argue at sentencing that he was a participant. operation started in July 2009 and continued until at least January 2010, court papers allege. Prosecutors have said that Melhi paid then-Prince George police Sgt. Richard J. Delabrer, 45, of Laurel and others to safeguard the transportation of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol into Maryland and Virginia. What the men did not know, court papers say, is that their source for the untaxed alcohol was an undercover agent. According to Chen plea agreement, Delabrer and another defendant began purchasing untaxed cigarettes from the undercover agent and reselling them. One buyer was Chen, who then sold the cigarettes in New York, where local taxes are more than $8 per pack, court papers say. Prince George police Cpl. Chong Chin Kim, 42, also allegedly bought cigarettes, then resold them to New York buyers. According to court papers, Maryland at the time imposed a sales tax of $2 per pack, and Virginia tax was 30 cents per pack. The Department of Treasury imposed a federal excise tax of $1.01 per pack. Federal officials wiretapped Delabrer county-issued cellphone, and later a personal cellphone, intercepting thousands of calls, court papers say.