licensed distributor under the Illinois Cigarette Tax Act or the Illinois Cigarette Use Tax Act, or under the laws of any other state, and who has in his or her possession during the course of transporting those cigarettes a bill of lading, waybill, or other similar commercial document that was issued by or for a manufacturer of cigarettes who holds a valid permit as a cigarette manufacturer under Chapter 52 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, and that shows that the cigarettes are being transported by or at the direction of that manufacturer to that licensed distributor.
Any transporter desiring to possess or acquire for transportation or transport upon the highways, roads, or streets of this State more than 2,000 cigarettes that are not contained in original packages that are Illinois tax stamped shall obtain a permit from the Department authorizing that transporter to possess or acquire for transportation or transport the cigarettes, and he or she shall have the permit in the transporting vehicle during the period of transportation of the cigarettes. The application for the permit shall be in such form and shall contain such information as may be prescribed by the Department. The Department may issue a permit for a single load or shipment or for a number of loads or shipments to be transported under specified conditions.
Any cigarettes transported on the highways, roads, or streets of this State under conditions that violate any requirement of this Section, and the vehicle containing those cigarettes, are subject to seizure by the Department, and to confiscation and forfeiture in the same manner as is provided for in Section 18a of this Act.
Any person who violates any requirement of this Section is guilty of a Class 4 felony.
Any transporter who, with intent to defeat or evade or with intent to aid another to defeat or evade the tax imposed by this Act, at any given time, transports 40,000 or more cigarettes upon the highways, roads, or streets of this State under conditions that violate any requirement of this Section is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 83-1428; 95-1053, eff. 1-1-10; 96-782, eff. 1-1-10.)