INS revokes shore privileges after cigarettes seized

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service says it revoked the shore privileges of six Russian fishermen accused of illegally selling discounted American cigarettes in Unalaska last week.

Unalaska Police Lt. John Lucking said the fishermen were selling tax-free sea store cigarettes for $20 a carton.

Unalaska police said they seized a duffel bag of 20 cartons from the fishermen while the fishermen sat outside a restaurant.

Sea store cigarettes are sold tax-free to mariners for consumption offshore. The fishermen were off the Saga Sea, a 301-foot factory trawler operated by American Seafoods' Russian subsidiary, authorities said.

The vessel was in Unalaska for reprovisioning.

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