DRS: DRS Announces Tobacco Trafficking Arrests

 
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

 

DRS Announces Tobacco Trafficking Arrests

 

Hartford – Commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services Kevin B. Sullivan today announced tobacco trafficking arrests by the agency’s Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) Tobacco Enforcement Unit.

 

Said Commissioner Sullivan, “Distribution and possession of contraband tobacco products is a criminal enterprise that the State of Connecticut takes very seriously. We are watching and actively investigating tobacco trafficking. This criminal activity won’t be tolerated.”

 

On April 4, 2016, Special Agents with the MSA unit arrested Algis Bagdonas, 50 years old, of 104 Deer Run, Burlington Connecticut and Lukas Truska, 23 years old, of 452 Willard Avenue, apt. #A2, Newington, were both arrested on multiple charges for; Sale/Possession with Intent to Sell Untaxed Tobacco Products and Untaxed Cigarettes, Conspiracy to Sale of Untaxed Tobacco Products and Untaxed Cigarettes and No Cigarette License.

 

The investigative MSA unit was created at the Department of Revenue Services to combat the illegal trafficking of tobacco and cigarettes.

 

The investigation began from an anonymous tip alleging that a Connecticut company, APA International, was distributing untaxed tobacco products throughout the state and defrauding residents of millions of dollars in tax revenue.  Mr. Bagdonas was determined to be the owner of APA International and Arrow Wholesale, LLC, and Mr. Truska was an employee of both businesses as a delivery driver and salesman. 

 

During the investigation, agents determined that Bagdonas and Truska purchased large amounts of untaxed tobacco products from several sources out of state and then distributed them to more than 20 retail locations and tobacco wholesalers across Connecticut.

 

Agents executed search and seizure warrants at a warehouse and storage unit in Wethersfield seizing an assortment of tobacco products.  Agents also seized a 2014 Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, a 2009 Mercedes Benz R350 and $54,815.00 in cash. Both Bagdonas and Truska were released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and are scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court later this month. This investigation is ongoing and further arrests are anticipated.

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Anyone with information regarding the illegal trafficking of tobacco or cigarettes is urged to use the MSA tip line at (860)297-4887 or by email to tobaccotips@po.state.ct.us

 



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