Michigan State Police conducted a search of the Smokers Shop, at 521 E. Michigan Ave. in the Busch’s shopping plaza, on Thursday evening.
Sgt. Detective Mike Logan said the search netted a large quantity of merchandise. The majority of the merchandize was believed by the store owner to be stolen, Logan said. Some of the merchandize was untaxed tobacco, Logan said.
About six officers executed a search warrant at about 6:30 p.m. May 14.
Logan said the case has been forwarded to the attorney general’s office and state police are requesting charges.
Under Michigan law, it is a violation to possess, acquire, transport or sell any quantity of untaxed tobacco unless properly licensed, according to information on the state police website. Violators of the Tobacco Products Tax Act are subject to up to five years imprisonment, along with seizure of assets from anyone possessing illegally purchased tobacco, along with fines and penalties.
Tobacco products tax evasion and fraud is estimated to cost the State millions of dollars in potential revenue, police estimate.
The Smokers Shop was open for regular business the next day.