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「いってえ」 is how the "tough Kanto guy" would colloquially pronounce 「[一体]{いったい}」.

「一体」, when combined with a question word (in this case, どう), is the Japanese equivalent of "on earth", "the heck", "the f***", etc.

「この[品物]{しなもの}の[山]{やま}はいってえどうしたことだ。」 = "How on earth did you get all this mountain of stuff?"

Depending on the context, there may be a better translation.

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    +1 for "tough Kanto guy" :) – Yosh Apr 8 '15 at 13:26
  • Is the「ことだ」 used as interrogative particle? – George Apr 9 '15 at 3:48
  • No, だ can be used in questions if the question contains a question word (in this case, どう). – Aeon Akechi Jun 12 '15 at 15:17

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