Police aim  to smoke out illicit trade

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Posted: January 19, 2013

The Winchester Star

Paul J. Carey III, chief of enforcement for the Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board, talks to Winchester police officers about identifying counterfeit cigarettes and state and local tax stamps. He is holding a legitimate roll of state tax stamps. Winchester police officers and city officials have attended three training sessions given by the tax board held at the Timbrook Public Safety Building. --GINGER PERRY-- (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Winchester Officer Philip Ritchie displays two cartons of cigarettes — on the left is a counterfeit carton from China; the other is legitimate. City officers have attended a three-part training regimen presented by the Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board on the detection of illicit cigarettes. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
This electronic device can determine whether a state cigarette tax stamp is legitimate.


Smuggling cigarettes from Virginia to New York has a higher profit margin on the black market than cocaine, heroin, marijuana or firearms.

A pack of cigarettes that costs $4.50 in…

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