Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Cigarette Smuggling Charges
On June 26, 2018, Udayappan Subramanian, of Haymarket, Virginia, pled guilty to one count of "Trafficking of Contraband Cigarettes." Subramanian admitted to transporting large quantities of contraband cigarettes across state lines for redistribution and sale. The cigarettes were acquired in Virginia, where the tax rate for cigarettes is one of the lowest in the nation, and sold in other states, including New York, which has one of the nation's highest tax rates. The cigarettes were possessed and transported in West Virginia.
Subramanian faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
A copy of the press release is available at the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia website.