Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

March 15, 2014

Police seize $43,000 in untaxed cigars

STERLING HEIGHTS (AP) — State police say they seized $43,000 in untaxed cigars from a storage unit in suburban Detroit that may be linked to a smuggling ring.

Police say a Rochester Hills man was arrested Tuesday for violation of the Tobacco Products Tax Act after the discovery in Sterling Heights.

Police say a number of brands of cigars were seized. Police say the man, whose name wasn’t immediately released, is believed to be part of a large, organized tobacco smuggling ring operating in the Detroit area. An investigation into the case is ongoing.

It’s against the law in Michigan to possess, acquire, transport or sell any quantity of untaxed tobacco.

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