Contraband and unstamped cigarettes; decreases threshold possession amount that triggers jail time. (SB1267)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Contraband and unstamped cigarettes; penalties.  Decreases from 3,000 packs to 500 packs the threshold possession amount of contraband cigarettes that triggers a mandatory jail time. Currently, if an offender is found guilty of possessing 3,000 or more packages of contraband cigarettes, the sentence of such person includes a mandatory minimum term of confinement of 90 days. The bill also changes the felony threshold amount from 3,000 unstamped packs to 500 packs, to mirror the levels set out in the definition for "contraband cigarettes" in the federal Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act.

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Bill Has Failed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103870D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/2011Rereferred from Fin. (10-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2011Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/19/2011Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/24/2011Impact statement from VCSC (SB1267)
01/26/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2011Rereferred to Finance
01/27/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1267)
02/08/2011Left in Finance