Ohio-based R+L Carriers has reached an agreement with four district attorneys across New York to adopt compliance measures to ensure its trucks no longer transport illegal cigarettes.
If the carrier fully complies with the agreement, no charges will be
brought against it. The trucking company will also cooperate
with future illegal cigarette investigations and make a $140,000
donation to charity.
“The company’s newly adopted cigarette policy recognizes that New York
law generally does not allow shipments of cigarettes to New York
businesses that are not properly licensed or registered by the state,
and does not allow shipments of cigarettes that do not bear New York
state tax stamps,” according to a press release. “The policy applies
equally to ‘premium’ and ‘native’ brands of cigarettes, and it is backed
up by a comprehensive set of procedures to ensure that the policy is
followed by the company and that any violations are effectively
The investigation into R+L started when two truckloads of untaxed cigarettes were seized by authorities early last year, and the district attorneys from Chautauqua County, Franklin County, St. Lawrence County and Suffolk County have been working together since to come to an enforcement agreement with the carrier. While investigating the incident, they uncovered an out-of-state firm which was shipping cigarettes into New York using a number of carriers, but R+L carried the majority of the illicit cargo.