BRENTWOOD, NY (CBSNewYork) — An overnight sting operation on Long Island may have drivers even more upset about the prices at the pump.

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As gas prices continue to soar closer to $5 a gallon, law enforcement in Suffolk County is cracking down.

Tuesday night, officials from the Suffolk County Highway Patrol, the Petroleum Alcohol and Tobacco Bureau, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the district attorney’s office staked out a spot  just off the Long Island Expressway.

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Authorities then spent the night pulling over tanker trucks they suspected were transporting under taxed fuel onto Long Island.

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“They pay a tax to New York state for the gas when they pick it up. If they don’t pay the tax because they say they’re going to deliver it in, say New Jersey instead of Long Island, that can save around $2,700 per truck load if they have a 10,000 gallon truck,” Suffolk County Highway Patrol Lt. David Geer explained to CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider.

Officials believe some tanker drivers may be buying gas in much cheaper New Jersey and then selling gas to New York stations. Overnight, 19 trucks were stopped and six were taken out of service for various violations.

“A couple of them had problems with their manifests which mean that they are not in compliance with the tax code for fuel in their trucks,” said Geer.

This type of activity may be getting more rampant as gas prices near to the $5 mark. At one station in Brentwood, gas is selling for $4.99 a gallon for self-serve and a $5.59 for full serve.

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  1. jAY NELLAD says:

    Incompetent Government activities.They can do and get away with anything.More robberies from Government. How come NO “OCCUPY TOLL BOOTHS” for the sake of middle class hard working people.

  2. Citizen says:

    It would be informative to know the TOTAL COST for these enforcement actions compared to the TAX DOLLARS & fines collected as a result of the activities.

    I suggest that New York drivers find the closest new Jersey station and fill up.

    In no time, these drivers might find themselves having to log the volume of gas they have in the tanks when LEAVING New York and then when re entering.

    It’s amazing how an organization like the Government that generates NO profit as a result of its activities write legislation to confiscate the earnings of others.

    Get involved – VOTE!

    1. Amused but not misled says:

      The bizzare thing is the government GREED.

      This gas was supposedly already taxed by NJ when purchased. Out greedy SOB’s want their taxes too. Yes- screw the public again!

      Sickening these people!

    2. Michael H. says:

      Unless you’re already living on the west side of the Hudson in NY, driving into NJ wont save you a dime on gas considering costs for tolls to cross the Hudson. This theory may work for places like Orange County, but the five boroughs are up a creek when it comes to gas prices. Time to trade in my car for a metrocard…

  3. Amused but not misled says:

    God forbid we dont get screwed with more expensive gas. What a waste of taxpayor money.

    They forgot their usual BS- that money goes to Al Queda, the MOB, and the evil Red Sox.

    What a joke!

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