BROOKLYN - The state’s Cigarette Strike Force made two arrests last week after they allegedly sold untaxed cigarettes in Brooklyn and Queens.
Authorities arrested Luciano Evaristo Hernandez-Fernandez at his home on Euclid Avenue last Thursday. Inside, they allegedly found 160 cartons of untaxed cigarettes, more than 10,000 cigars and more than 14,000 counterfeit tax stamps. Hernandez-Fernandez faces five felony charges, including attempt to evade city and state cigarette taxes. He was released on his own recognizance.
The second man was arrested in Richmond Hill, Queens, on similar charges.
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The strike force is comprised of state, local and federal agencies. It focuses on preventing the sale of counterfeit or untaxed tobacco products in New York.