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Cigarette smuggling packing a wallop

Cigarettes from the reservation are packaged in a bag of 200 — one carton’s worth.
Cigarettes from the reservation are packaged in a bag of 200 — one carton’s worth.
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Every month or so, Carl Smith doesn’t go home at the end of his night shift. Instead, as the sun rises, he drives north out of Amsterdam, 170 miles to an Indian reservation near the Canadian border. There’s a smoke shop up there that sells cartons of cigarettes for just $12. “There’s no way you can beat that,” Smith said. Smith isn’t this guy’s real name. He spoke to The Gazette on the condition of ...


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safny
April 6, 2014
6:25 a.m.

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By the logic of the state - all illegal drugs should be legalized so that they can be taxed. Revenue in Colorado is pretty good. No matter how high the price of cigarettes goes, people WILL continue to smoke. I see teenagers smoking all the time. How many of them have the money to buy 100 dollar cartons legally? If you live anywhere near Vermont or Jersey you can go there to buy. Just one more way in which excessive taxation in NY is actually hurting the people who live here.

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