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March 6, 2021
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(wgvu) - Twenty-seven people have been indicted on
charges of trafficking in millions of dollars in untaxed cigarettes
taken from Virginia for resale in Michigan and New York.
Those states have both the nation's highest cigarette taxes and
a booming black market.
On Tuesday, New York raised its cigarette tax $1.25, bringing
the total tax to $2.75 per pack. Cigarettes cost an average of
$5.82 per pack statewide and about $8 a pack in New York City,
which adds its own tax.
Michigan has a $2 tax per pack. Virginia ranks 47th in the
nation with a tax of 30 cents per pack.
Nineteen of the suspects were in custody as of this evening.

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