WRAL Investigates

Goldsboro home searched in cigarette smuggling probe

Posted November 25, 2010

— Federal agents seized financial records, correspondence and computers Nov. 17 from a Goldsboro home in the ongoing battle to limit cigarette smuggling from North Carolina.

Because North Carolina's cigarette tax is significantly lower than in most other states, smugglers buy cigarettes by the carton or case in the Tar Heel state, then sell them elsewhere and pocket the difference.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has said they have not even "scratched the surface" when it comes to cigarette smuggling in North Carolina.

cigarettes Goldsboro business target of cigarette-smuggling probe

ATF agents had been watching Scott Herring, and his online business, NCcigarettes.com, since 2007. They knew Herring was selling and shipping cigarettes out of state but had to determine if his sales exceeded the legal limit. An undercover agent was able to purchase cigarettes from Herring and get them shipped to Chicago.

Last week, they searched his home, at 117 Titleist Drive in Goldsboro, and collected documentation of his business transactions and investments.

According to the search warrant, Herring had shipped more than the legal limit of 50 cartons of cigarettes at a time over state lines.

No charges have been filed against Herring, and he did not want to comment about the case Thursday. He said he had shut down NCcigarettes.com months ago.


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  • seankelly15 Nov 26, 2010

    slaughterjim - Easley's name is not mentioned anywhere in the article therefore, it shouldn't have been in your comment.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 26, 2010

    Yep if they think you are skating on tax, they come right after you.

  • 8675309-9 Nov 26, 2010

    aspenstreet1717 - Notice it was the feds that got them, not the state. Transporting them across state lines is the crime. Not buying them in bulk.

  • notagain1903 Nov 26, 2010

    Wow all of this for a product that has no human benefits but to KILL YOU! Why don't they start punishing the farmers who grow this death crop with the same force they do to pot growers?? Oh thats right the government can't get their hands in the pot growers pockets with taxes?!?!?!?! But we can have the medical expenses go through the roof with Cancer patients from this.

  • aspenstreet1717 Nov 26, 2010

    If they're paying NC tax what's wrong with this? I thought NC needed tax revenue???

  • independentvoter3 Nov 26, 2010

    slaughterjim... I bet you're right!

  • slaughterjim Nov 26, 2010

    You wanna bet his fine and time behind bars will be more than Easley's.........