State: Seized Cigarettes were Headed to Bad River, St. Croix
Posted at: 06/29/2013 9:28 AM
| Updated at: 06/29/2013 9:30 AM
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin revenue agents have seized 70,000 packs of cigarettes that arrived in the state without tax stamps.
The state's excise tax on a pack of cigarettes is $2.52, so the Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state would have lost more than $175,000 in revenue on the cigarettes.
Revenue officials say the cigarettes came from a company located on the Winnebago reservation in northeastern Nebraska that's owned by Ho-Chunk Incorporated.
Deputy Revenue Secretary Jack Jablonski says the cigarettes were bound for retailers on Wisconsin reservations or trust lands for the St. Croix Chippewa, Ho-Chunk Nation and Bad River Band. He says regular shipments have been happening for some time.
Jablonski says it's illegal to transport unstamped cigarettes through Wisconsin without a license.
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal
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