April 5, 2013

Fort Plain man charged with cigarette smuggling


---- — LONG LAKE — A Fort Plain man is charged with smuggling about 17,000 untaxed cigarettes.

At 10:36 a.m. Wednesday, New York State Police based in Tupper Lake stopped a 2000 GMC Jimmy SUV that was allegedly traveling at 65 mph in a 55-mph speed zone on State Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake and failing to keep right.

State Police said they interviewed Carl H. Smith, 53, and found him to be in possession of 85 cartons containing about 17,000 in untaxed cigarettes.

The cigarettes were assorted brands, police said.

State Police could not provide figures for the total value, but a carton of cigarettes sells for about $75 retail, making 85 cartons worth more than $6,000.

Smith was arrested at about 11 a.m., charged with possession and transportation of untaxed cigarettes with intent to sell, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal tax fraud, a misdemeanor. He was issued traffic tickets for speeding and failure to keep right. He was released on an appearance ticket for Long Lake Town Court at 7 p.m. April 11.

Since the investigation is continuing, no further details could be released, State Police said Thursday.

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