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See 6,000 Illegal Smokes? Call Peter Franchot

The comptroller wants you to know that the pile of cigarettes in the back of the car next to you probably aren't for personal use.

If you see something—for example, 6,000 packs of cigarettes in the back of a car—say something.

Specifically, Comptroller Peter Franchot wants you to give him a ring.

The comptroller was in Towson Thursday calling attention to the that have not been taxed in Maryland.

Franchot said lax criminal penalties and high profit margins for smugglers is causing a spike in the trafficking of smokes up the I-95 corridor from places like Virginia and North Carolina where the taxes on a pack are substantially lower than in Maryland.

The comptroller called on the public to keep a vigilant eye out for motorists who might have a few more cigarettes than the typical chain-smoker.

Two weeks ago, police during traffic stops along I-95 near White Marsh, including more than 3,100 that were inside a Honda Accord

"If you happen to look in someone's car and you see 6,000 packs of cigarettes in the back seat, could you call my office?" Franchot said. "We would like to ask those people what the story is."

Don't bother calling if the driver is Keith Richards.

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Skip727 May 07, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Frank, I concur. From bootleg cigs to rapidly deteriorating racist, mysogynistic, xenophobic rants. Sprinkle in some liberal and conservative bias and misinformation and you have....THIS!!! Thanks, Brian for the story.
amdactivist May 07, 2012 at 12:07 PM
yeah skip and some people can't tell the difference between racist and just plain wrong!!
Buck Harmon May 07, 2012 at 01:27 PM
If everyone would just exercise their second amendment right...only 2 police officers would be needed in rural towns....even in this state...
Buck Harmon May 07, 2012 at 01:31 PM
If someone were to build anything that would harm the private property of others in any way it could not be legally done...even without perceived zoning laws...
R Lee May 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Bootleg cigs- a minor problem. BAG TAX- a major annoyance. Let's repeal the Bag Tax-

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