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State: Seized Cigarettes were Headed to Bad River, St. Croix

Posted at: 06/29/2013 9:29 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.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal

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