Cigarette trafficking: A big problem in a small package
from By Liz Murphy
The circumvention of a state's cigarette excise tax may not seem like a criminal enterprise worthy of serious attention from law enforcement. But Corporal Detective Johnny Capocelli of Virginia's Chesterfield County Police Department strongly disagrees. "This isn't a tax issue. This is about the criminal activities associated with cigarette trafficking," Capocelli says. "And it's so new that many law enforcement agencies aren't getting into it yet." Unfortunately, that is exactly what these criminals are counting on.
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