91-1229 - Illegal Drug Stamp

 

BEFORE THE UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION

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XXXXX, )

Petitioner, : ORDER

v. :

COLLECTION DIVISION OF THE : Appeal No. 91-1229

UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION, : Account No. XXXXX

Respondent. :

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This matter came before the Utah State Tax Commission for a formal hearing on XXXXX. Alan Hennebold, Presiding Officer, heard the matter on behalf of the Commission. XXXXX appeared for Petitioner. XXXXX, Assistant Utah Attorney General, and XXXXX of the Collection Division's staff appeared for Respondent.

This appeal arises from Respondent's assessment of tax and penalty against Petitioner pursuant to Utah's Illegal Drug Stamp Tax Act. (Utah Code Ann. 59-19-1 et seq.) Respondent assessed tax and penalty of $$$$$ based upon Petitioner's alleged possession of XXXXX grams of methamphetamine oil

Respondent also assessed tax and penalty of $$$$$ based upon Petitioner's possession of XXXXX grams of marijuana.

In criminal proceedings arising from Petitioner s alleged possession of the foregoing illegal drugs, the federal district court found that the methamphetamine oil had been seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The court therefore suppressed evidence of the methamphetamine oil pursuant to the exlusionary rule. With respect to the marijuana, the court ruled its seizure was proper and that evidence of Petitioner's possession of the marijuana was admissible.

The Utah Supreme Court has held that the exclusionary rule is applicable in Commission proceedings under the Illegal Drug Stamp Tax Act. (Sims v. Collection Division of the Utah State Tax Commission, No. 900324, filed October 22, 1992.)

In light of the Utah Supreme Court's decision in Sims, Respondent concedes that it lacks an evidentiary basis to support assessment of tax on Petitioner's alleged possession of methamphetamine oil. For his part, Petitioner concedes liability under the Act for tax and penalty on his possession of marijuana.

Based upon the foregoing and pursuant to the provisions of Utah's Illegal Drug Stamp Tax Act, the Commission affirms the assessment of tax and penalty against Petitioner in the amount of $$$$$, based upon his possession of XXXXX grams of marijuana. The Commission abates that portion of the original assessment which is based upon Petitioner s alleged possession of methamphetamine oil. Respondent is instructed to modify its assessment accordingly. It is so ordered.

DATED this 20 day of November, 1992.

BY ORDER OF THE UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION.

R. H. Hansen Roger O. Tew

Chairman Commissioner

ABSENT

Joe B. Pacheco S. Blaine Willes

Commissioner Commissioner