INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Excise police seized around 1,400 pounds of loose tobacco, eight cigarette machines and thousands of cigarette tubes from two Indianapolis tobacco shops on Tuesday afternoon.
According to police, the machines were being used in combination with the loose tobacco and cigarette tubes to make cigarettes.
The excise officers raided the Indianapolis Smoke Station tobacco shops located at 5221 E. Thompson Road and 8510 E. Washington Street. Four machines were taken from each shop.
The two shops were also cited for preliminary administrative violations of operating without a manufacture’s certificate, possession of contraband tobacco products, and failing to follow requirements that cigarettes offered for sale must be fire safe as well as contained in original packaging, according to excise officials.
Police said no arrests were made. The administrative violations will be referred to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s Prosecutor’s office.