posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 12:46 PM
There are many specific laws regarding this. This is not a new phenomenon. Each state has specific taxes, and the cigarette packs are stamped
accordingly. Going across state lines to buy goods is not illegal, but bringing them back to your state without paying the appropriate tax is
This situation is most common in regulated drugs, alcohol and tobacco!
I have never heard of the police getting involved, except during large scale investigations.
A long time family friend of mine is facing Federal charges and life in prison because he bought a cigarette manufacturing facility on an Indian
Reservation and sold some unstamped cigarettes through his chain of convenience stores!
They take this stuff very seriously, and if you have friends that were slightly harassed, they should feel lucky. If the police wanted to be very
strict, you could get three strikes by leaving the state, making an illegal purchase with intent to distribute, tax evasion, illegal import,
interstate trafficking, etc., etc.!!!!
[edit on 6-7-2009 by getreadyalready]