In New York City
, which has the nation's highest tobacco taxes. In the city
, a carton of Marlboros costs about
$95, including $42.50 in state and local taxes.
As a result, "buttleggers" - operating, with the assistance of some
store owners on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation have become some
of the state's biggest dealers in untaxed cigarettes
.-They buy large quantities of cigarettes
on the reservation and resell them in the city
at a big markup. Some
of those packs wind up on the shelves of convenience stores
and bodegas. Others
on the street by "$5 men."