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70-Thousand Packs of Cigarettes Seized

(6/29/13) About 70-thousand packs of cigarettes were seized by state revenue agents, as they were being sent to stores on Native American reservations without the required state tax stamps.

Officials say the state would have lost about 175-thousand dollars in tax revenues, had the cigarettes made it to their destinations. The Wisconsin State Journal said the cigarettes came from a company on a Winnebago Reservation in northeast Nebraska. They were headed to stores on reservations and trust lands for the Saint Croix, Bad River, and Ho-Chunk tribes. Deputy Revenue Secretary Jack Jablonski said the shipments were happening for some time. He says it's illegal to transport unstamped cigarettes in Wisconsin without a license. No charges have been filed in the case.

Source: Wheeler News





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