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2016 Statute


79-3323.Contraband goods; seizure. (a) The following are declared to be common nuisances and contraband:

(1) All packages of cigarettes, in quantities of 20 packages or more, not bearing indicia of tax payment as required in this act and all devices for vending cigarettes in which unstamped packages are found;

(2) all cigarettes or tobacco products in the possession of a minor; and

(3) all property, other than vehicles, used in the retail sale of unstamped packages of cigarettes.

Cigarettes in vending machines and exposed to view not showing indicia of tax payment required by this act to be visible from the outside of the vending machine shall be presumed to be unstamped.

(b) Any cigarettes or property constituting a common nuisance and contraband as provided by this section may be seized by the director or the director's authorized agent or any duly constituted peace officer with or without process or warrant and shall be subject to forfeiture as provided in this act. The party making the seizure shall deliver to the owner of the property and to the person or persons found in possession of the property a receipt stating from whom the property was seized, the place of seizure and a description and the brand of the property seized. A duplicate of the receipt shall be filed in the office of the director and shall be open for public inspection.

History: L. 1933, ch. 122, § 20 (Special Session); L. 1939, ch. 329, § 20; L. 1953, ch. 440, § 1; L. 1967, ch. 498, § 16; L. 1980, ch. 319, § 2; L. 1996, ch. 214, § 10; July 1.