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Wis. agents seize thousands of untaxed cigarettes

Published On: Jun 28 2013 04:28:41 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

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. According to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal, the state would have lost more than $175,000 in revenue on the cigarettes.

Revenue officials said the cigarettes came from a company located on the Winnebago reservation in northeastern Nebraska that's owned by Ho-Chunk Inc.

Deputy Revenue Secretary Jack Jablonski said 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 said the regular shipments have been happening for some time. No charges have been filed.

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