Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

As predicted, cigarette smuggling on the rise


During April 2008, I blogged that one of the ramifications of a cigarette tax hike is an increase in cigarette smuggling. 

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports bootlegging of cigarettes is becoming a much larger issue, leading states to beef up law enforcement. How serious is the problem? The WSJ reports:


“In Fairfax County, Va., federal and local authorities arrested two men and charged them with conspiracy to distribute cocaine after the suspects exchanged one kilogram of cocaine with an undercover ATF agent in exchange for 3,000 cartons of cigarettes. The aim, according to federal documents filed in the case, was to move the cigarettes to Yonkers, N.Y., for resale.

‘They were willing to trade cocaine for cigarettes. That tells you about the profit margin they saw on the cigarettes,’ said Edgar Domenech, who heads the ATF's Washington, D.C., field division. Mr. Domenech said a kilogram of cocaine can go for $30,000 on the street.”

Read more here.

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