Daily Archives: July 26, 2019

List of alleged cigarette smugglers resembles bowl of alphabet soup

NEW YORK CITY – An estimated 60 percent of all cigarettes sold in New York City are smuggled from low tax states, according to federal law enforcement officials. At close to $12 per pack, smokers in the Big Apple are always looking for a bargain. Last month, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a sealed, eight-count indictment charging 31 individuals and one business entity with a scheme to defraud the federal government, the State of North Carolina, the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Virginia, of millions of dollars in tax revenues from the sale of ci…