Wednesday, August 23rd

Wayne K. Johnson, 62, the owner of Holy Smokes in Black River Falls and Tomah, was charged April 13 with four misdemeanors after selling and manufacturing unstamped cigarettes through his business.

According to the rolling machine readouts seized from Johnson's garage, 863,732 cigarettes were rolled between November 2012 through June 2016, which means he allegedly avoided $108,813 in state excise taxes.

Last year the Wisconsin Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit was tipped off to the unlicensed sales happening in the shop.

According to the complaint, when undercover officers ordered a large amount of the cigarettes at the store, an employee at Holy Smokes told agents that Johnson was manufacturing cigarettes with two commercial grade rolling machines in his garage and that any large orders would have to be made with him directly.