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Man charged with selling cigarettes over Internet

June 23, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

For the first time, the Maryland comptroller's office has charged someone with trying to sell cigarettes over the Internet, a spokeswoman said Friday.

In a press release, the office said it filed two misdemeanor and two felony charges against James Kevin Morgan.

Morgan, 47, is listed as living at 15602 National Pike in Washington County, said Christine Duray, a comptroller's office spokeswoman.

Authorities said they confiscated 300 packs of untaxed cigarettes from Morgan on Friday.

Duray said someone saw an ad Morgan posted on the Internet, offering to sell as much as a buyer wanted.

Agents set up a meeting with him at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Md., where they arrested him and seized the cigarettes, she said.

Duray said Morgan was selling cigarettes for $30 per carton, about 50 percent less than the market rate.

Duray said the comptroller's office regulates cigarettes sales licenses and taxation.

It has been illegal to sell cigarettes over the Internet in Maryland for about two years, she said.

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The comptroller's office reported that its agents also confiscated 2,933 packs of contraband cigarettes on Friday in Annapolis.

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