Philip Morris Sues Miami Stores for Selling Counterfeit Cigarettes
Philip Morris, which manufactures brands such as Marlboro, says Miami is one of the top three markets in America for counterfeit smokes. The company believes that more than one million packs of fake Marlboros are sold in Miami-Dade each year.
The fake cigarettes are often manufactured in China, and it's believed the sale of the cigs benefits black-market organizations that have ties to everything from terrorism to drug smuggling. Taxes are also usually not paid on the sale of the faux-branded smokes.
"The sale of counterfeit cigarettes is a developing issue in south Florida resulting in significant lost revenue for the state and Miami in a time when these funds are sorely needed," Jose Luis Murillo, a spokesman for Morris's parent company, said in a statement.
You can view a list of the locations targeted here. They range from Miami Beach to Hialeah.
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