Tobacco store accused of illegal sales
BURLINGTON – Authorities say a Pine Street tobacco store illegally sold products and evaded cigarette taxes, which has led to more than 30 criminal charges for each of the store’s owners.
Ronald Runkles Jr. and Thomas Banner were each charged with 16 counts of possession of unstamped cigarettes and 16 counts of attempting to evade the cigarette tax after search warrants were served last week at their homes and retail store, Up In Smoke, 248 N. Pine St.
The state Department of Revenue’s Alcohol and Tobacco Unit began investigating after receiving a complaint the store was selling “rolled” cigarettes and that customers could call in their orders and pick up the next day, the department said in a news release Tuesday.
Wisconsin law prohibits manufacturing cigarettes for sale without a state permit, officials said. Cigarettes are also subject to a state excise tax of $2.52 per pack.
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