Malden Police have seized 30,000 cigarettes from a woman's home on Newland Street, after a confidential informant accused her of selling them on the black market, according to Lieutenant Marc Gatcomb.
Police recovered the cigarettes last Tuesday. Gatcomb said the woman had been selling packs for $3.50, while a pack usually costs about $8 in stores, since they include the state tobacco tax in their pricing.
He noted that the woman - whose name is being withheld because she hasn't been charged - received the cigarettes from overseas.
"They came from the Asian market," Gatcomb said, adding that an investigation is ongoing, and state and federal authorities may take over. He said officers are seeking information on "people going to the residence" to buy cigarettes.
"We had to [address] all of the residual crimes associated with that in the neighborhood [such as theft]," Gatcomb said.
He couldn't say how long the woman had been selling cigarettes out of her home.