State snuffs out illegal cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State is snuffing out illegal cigarettes.

According to the governor’s office, authorities have confiscated more than two million cigarettes as part of the Cigarette Strike Force. They have also uncovered 254,873 cigars, 2,061 pounds of loose tobacco and 24,773 counterfeit cigarette tax stamps.

This adds up to nearly $1.7 million in cash and contraband, including 2.7 million cigarettes and cigars in the first six months.

The governor signed a law a year ago authorizing the Tax Department to impose a penalty of up to $600 for each carton of unstamped or unlawfully stamped cigarettes seized, an increase from $150 per carton.

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