|Jump to full article: KTVI myfox St. Louis (MO), 2010-02-24|
Author: Jeff Bernthal FOX2now.com
Drivers coming into Illinois are being greeted with a warning. It's a sign is on the Illinois side of the McKinley bridge in Vencie. It warns that cigarette smugglers will be punished with jail time, fines and vehicle seizures.
The problem is cigarettes are cheaper in Missouri, by more than a dollar a pack in some spots. So some smugglers are buying them in Missouri and then re-selling them in Illinois. That's against the law.
The Illinois Department of Revenue fears the state is losing sales tax money because of the bootleggers. So the department hopes these warning signs will remind smugglers that bootlegging cigarettes is against the law, and there will be consequences.
In fact anyone bringing more than 1000 cigarettes across the border is subject to the penalties.
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