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They are two dogs with a very unique trick. Meet Fillmore and Max, a canine pair trained specifically to sniff out tobacco. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue recently teamed up with Altria representatives and their tobacco sniffing dogs for a two-day tobacco drive in an effort to ensure retailers are complying with Massachusetts tobacco laws. All cigarettes sold in Massachusetts are required to have official Massachusetts stamps.

The auditors, Altria handlers and their four legged partners conducted the drives in Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill, visiting more than 90 stores that sell tobacco products.

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During the drives, nearly 240 tobacco products were seized from 10 locations. Of those products, some sported counterfeit stamps, while others held out-of-state stamps, had Massachusetts stamps peeled off other cigarette packages or had not been stamped at all. Thanks to Fillmore and Max, several hidden tobacco locations were uncovered.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue is already looking forward to working with Fillmore and Max on future efforts to enforce tobacco compliance across the Commonwealth.

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