Indiana State Excise Police officers cited 30 businesses on 82
tobacco-related charges on Monday.
All of the businesses were located in Lake County.
The citations were issued after the Excise Police investigated a complaint
that numerous tobacco businesses in Lake County were illegally purchasing
cigarettes and other tobacco products from sources other than licensed
As a result of their investigations, excise officers preliminarily cited 30
tobacco businesses with 82 violations of state tobacco laws, the Excise
Police said. Officers also seized numerous packs of cigarettes, marijuana,
and prescription drugs, and they cited persons for possession of marijuana
and for smoking in a prohibited location. Additional drug-related charges
are also pending.
Anyone with information concerning violations of Indiana’s tobacco laws
should contact the State Excise Police at (574) 264-9480.
As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission,
the State Excise Police is promotes public safety by enforcing Indiana’s
Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce
any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.