Franchot’s Field Enforcement Division Agents Seize $24,000 in Untaxed Tobacco Products

April 16, 2018

Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that agents for his Field Enforcement Division seized untaxed non-premium cigars at a Prince George’s County store during an April 10 inspection.

Morud Hossain, 28, of Suitland, owner of Smoke Shop Inc., trading as Discount Tobacco and Vapor Shop in Capitol Heights, faces a criminal citation of willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products (OTP). Agents seized 24,193 sticks of OTP with a retail value of $24,193 and representing a tax loss of $16,935.10.

“The hardworking employees of the Field Enforcement Division are always on the lookout for those trying to cheat the system,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Their dedication to finding these wrongdoers safeguards Maryland’s money and supports business owners who do the right thing.”

In Maryland, a retailer can only lawfully possess and sell non-premium cigars purchased from a licensed Maryland wholesaler of OTP. Retailers must possess invoices for all OTP inventory indicating that the Maryland excise tax had been paid to the state by the wholesaler.

To date for fiscal year 2018, which started July, 1, 2017, FED agents have arrested and charged 126 individuals for various tobacco-related crimes as a result of discovering 115 instances of violations of Maryland’s tobacco laws. These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 138,347 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 360,044 sticks of Untaxed Other Tobacco Products (OTP). The seized items are valued at $1,280,237.13 and represents a tax loss to the State of $610,968.02.

5 Responses to Franchot’s Field Enforcement Division Agents Seize $24,000 in Untaxed Tobacco Products

  1. Anonymous on April 16, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Try raising the tax again Maryland. That will show the people of the state that you care about everyone’s money, oh crap, I mean “health”.

  2. Port Tabacky on April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Well if this “represents a tax loss to the State of $610,968.02”, we better legalize Cannabis! There is MORE MONEY yet to be CONFISCATED!!
    Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax!
    Welcome to Maryland!
    Pull your pockets inside-out when you cross our state line!

  3. Anonymous on April 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Oh? A system that robs and cheats the people deserves to be cheated! Resist exploitation by government thugs!

  4. DeShawne on April 18, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    As long as Trump can get away with not paying taxes so will I

  5. Gravedigger72 on April 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Maryland is NOT a state to retire in. Damn Democrats did this to us and not the Republicans.