Revenue Officials Seize Cigarettes

Minnesota revenue officials have seized thousands of cartons of cigarettes this summer.

Revenue Department officials say taxes were not paid on nearly 2 million cigarettes that state and federal authorities took. Unpaid state tax amounted to $159,000 and the federal government lost $104,000 in taxes.

Buyers of untaxed cigarettes could face a criminal penalty, revenue officials said.

Most of the cigarettes were sold by American Internet sites but manufactured in Ukraine.