Posts Tagged ‘tobacco’

Feds to hand over facility seized in contraband tobacco case

by Associated Press Published: December 7,2011

Tags: contraband tobacco, federal government, manufacturing, municipal government, plant, real estate, seize, tobacco

TUPELO — The city of Tupelo has been waiting for the opportunity to bring the city’s police department under one roof instead of having detectives and patrol officers work out of different buildings. City attorney John Hill said the federal government is ready to hand over to Tupelo the old Milam Manufacturing building. The building […] [...]

Man pleads guilty to charges of cigarette smuggling

by Associated Press Published: October 5,2011

Tags: cigarettes, contraband tobacco, courts, federal government, plea, sentencing, tobacco

OXFORD — An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to charges related to his role in a multi-state cigarette smuggling operation. James B. Trosper of Rogers Ark., pleaded guilty this past week in federal court in Oxford to three counts involving a scheme to defraud the U.S. and several states of more than $1 […] [...]

Judge rules for state in tobacco lawsuit

by MBJ Staff Published: August 25,2011

Tags: cigarettes, courts, lawsuit, settlement, state government, tobacco

JACKSON COUNTY — Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against Brown & Williamson (B&W) Tobacco Corporation received an $8 million victory in court. Judge Jaye A. Bradley, in the Chancery Court of Jackson County, issued a ruling on Hood’s motion to enforce settlement against B&W. The original tobacco settlement requires the company to pay Mississippi for […] [...]

Judge to decide if R.J. Reynolds has underpaid state

by Associated Press Published: July 25,2011

Tags: courts, healthcare, lawsuit, settlement, tobacco

PASCAGOULA — A Jackson County judge is scheduled to hear a claim that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has underpaid the state of Mississippi at least $1 million in the tobacco settlement payments. The Mississippi Press reports that Jackson County Chancery Judge Jaye Bradley will preside today over the non-jury trial. Attorney General Jim Hood sued […] [...]

Renovated Palace Casino to reopen smoke-free

by For the MBJ Published: June 1,2011

Tags: casinos, construction, expansions, gambling, gaming, hotels, lodging, Renovations, restaurants, tobacco, tourism

BILOXI — When the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi opens the second floor of its expansion and renovation project June 14, the casino, hotel, restaurants and lounge/sports bar will all be smoke free. Smoking will be allowed outside the main building, and a new $1-million smoking lounge has been created to accommodate smokers. The smoking […] [...]

Man sentenced for role in contraband cigarette operation

by Associated Press Published: May 19,2011

Tags: courts, law enforcement, tobacco

OXFORD — A Florida man convicted in Mississippi for his role in a multistate cigarette smuggling operation has been sentenced to 31 months in federal prison. Mitchell Sivina, of Doral, Fla., pleaded guilty a year ago to money laundering and transporting stolen cigarettes. He was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Oxford. Federal […] [...]

Sentencing in contraband cigarette case postponed

by Associated Press Published: February 15,2011

Tags: courts, tobacco

OXFORD — A federal sentencing hearing has been rescheduled in the case of a Florida man convicted in Mississippi for his role in a multistate cigarette smuggling operation. Mitchell Sivina, of Doral, Fla., pleaded guilty in May in U.S. District Court in Oxford to money laundering and transporting stolen cigarettes. Court records show Sivina’s sentencing […] [...]

FDA sends warning to retailers about tobacco sales

by Wally Northway Published: January 10,2011

Tags: minors, retail, sales, tobacco

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing its first warning letters to retailers for the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors in violation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). Using state inspectors who have been commissioned by the agency, the FDA visited 493 […] [...]

Contraband cigarette scheme lost millions in taxes

by Associated Press Published: January 6,2011

Tags: courts, law enforcement, taxes, tobacco

OXFORD — A multi-state contraband cigarette case that involves Mississippi cost the State of Kentucky millions of dollars in uncollected taxes, according to a federal investigator. Lousiville, Ky., businessman Israel Chavez sold cigarettes online and didn’t make an attempt to hide that he wasn’t making an effort to see that sales taxes were collected, according […] [...]

Burke gets time for smuggling cigarettes

by Associated Press Published: December 28,2010

Tags: courts, law enforcement, tobacco

GREENVILLE — A Tupelo man who took part in a multi-state cigarette smuggling operation has been sentenced to 34 months in prison. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Jerry Burke was sentenced Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Burke pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding the federal and local governments out of millions […] [...]

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