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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
    Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 13:26
  • Is the「ことだ」 used as interrogative particle?
    – George
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 3:48

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