Exclusive: Illegal cigarettes are big business in New York City
By N.J. Burkett
NEW YORK (WABC) –Authorities in the Bronx have announced a major takedown of a cigarette smuggling ring, with the year-long investigation resulting in more than $1 million in untaxed tobacco. And it appears illegal cigarettes are a big business in New York City.
By some estimates, 80 percent of the cigarettes sold in New York City are sold illegally, either over the counter or in the backrooms of bodegas where a typical pack can sell for as little as $8 or $9 instead of the usual $13.