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Subchapter 003 : Stamp Tax(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 7779)
§ 7779. Seizure
(a) Any cigarettes found at any place in this State without stamps affixed thereto as required by this chapter or any tobacco products found at any place in this State upon which the tax imposed by this chapter has not been paid, are declared to be contraband goods and may be seized without a warrant by the Commissioner, the Commissioner’s agents or employees, or by any peace officer of this State when directed by the Commissioner to do so, unless such cigarettes or tobacco products shall be in the possession of a licensed wholesale dealer, or unless they shall be in the course of transit and consigned to a licensed wholesale dealer or a retail dealer, or unless they shall have been received by a retail dealer within 24 hours. Nothing herein shall be construed to require the Commissioner to confiscate unstamped cigarettes or tobacco products when the Commissioner shall have reason to believe that the owner thereof has possession of the same for personal consumption or is not willfully or intentionally evading the tax imposed by this chapter.
(b) Any cigarettes found at any place in this State with stamps affixed thereto which stamps have not been paid for as required by this chapter, are declared to be contraband goods and may be seized without a warrant by the Commissioner, the Commissioner’s agents or employees, or by any peace officer of this State when directed by the Commissioner to do so.
(c) Any cigarettes or tobacco products seized under the provisions of this chapter shall be destroyed by the Commissioner. The seizure of any cigarettes or tobacco products under the provisions of this section shall not relieve any person from a fine or other penalty for violation of this chapter. (Amended 1981, No. 31, § 15; 1995, No. 29, § 16, eff. April 14, 1995; 2001, No. 140 (Adj. Sess.), § 39.)