Code of Virginia - Title 3.1 Agriculture, Horticulture And Food - Section 3.1-336.10 (Repealed effective October 1, 2008) Penalties and other remedies

§ 3.1-336.10. (Repealed effective October 1, 2008) Penalties and other remedies

A. In addition to any other civil or criminal penalty or remedy provided by law, upon a determination that any person has violated § 3.1-336.6 or any regulation adopted pursuant thereto, the Commissioner may revoke or suspend such person's privilege to purchase tax stamps at a discounted rate. Each stamp affixed and each offer to sell cigarettes in violation of § 3.1-336.6 shall constitute a separate violation. Upon a determination of a violation of § 3.1-336.6 or any regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the Commissioner may also impose a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed the greater of (i) 500 percent of the retail value of the cigarettes sold or (ii) $5,000.

B. Any cigarettes that have been sold, offered for sale or possessed for sale in the Commonwealth, or imported for personal consumption in the Commonwealth, in violation of § 3.1-336.6, shall be deemed contraband and may not be sold or offered for sale unless such cigarettes are listed in the Directory. Any such cigarettes that are sold or offered for sale when not included in the Directory shall be subject to confiscation and forfeiture. Any such confiscation and forfeiture shall be governed by the procedures contained in § 4.1-338, which shall apply mutatis mutandis; except that all such cigarettes so confiscated and forfeited shall be destroyed and not resold.

C. The Attorney General may seek an injunction to restrain a threatened or actual violation of § 3.1-336.6, subsection A of § 3.1-336.8, subsection B of § 3.1-336.8, or subsection C of § 3.1-336.8 by a stamping agent and to compel the stamping agent to comply with such provisions. In any action brought pursuant to this subsection in which the Commonwealth prevails, the Commonwealth shall be entitled to recover the reasonable costs of investigation, costs of the action and reasonable attorneys' fees.

D. It shall be unlawful for a person to (i) sell or distribute cigarettes or (ii) acquire, hold, own, possess, transport, import, or cause to be imported cigarettes that the person knows or should know are intended for distribution or sale in the Commonwealth in violation of § 3.1-336.6. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

(2003, c. 798; 2006, c. 674; 2008, c. 758.)

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