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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York City is shutting down two roll your own cigarette stores – one on Staten Island and the other in Chinatown, alleging disregard of tax statutes in violation of the federal contraband trafficking act.
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“Customer goes in, asks to buy some cigarettes. The store supplies him with a bag of tobacco and some paper tubes with filters attached. The store takes the customer over to a machine, shows them how to use the machine,” said city attorney Eric Proshansky.
The stores served coffee and bagels while customers waited for their cigarettes to be made. They sold each pack for about $5.50 less than a properly taxed pack of smokes.
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