Two N.Y. men charged with cigarette smuggling

From: Cecil Whig

By Jacob Owens

NORTH EAST — Two men were charged with smuggling cigarettes after they were stopped with thousands of packs on Interstate 95, police reported.

About 5:09 p.m. Saturday, Maryland State Police trooper Duane Freeman pulled a 2013 Kia Optima over for exceeding the speed limit on the northbound interstate near mile marker 103.4, according to a state of probable cause. After conducting the stop, a K-9 scan of the car was requested and it resulted in a positive alert for controlled dangerous substances, police reported.

A total of 4,310 packs of unstamped contraband cigarettes were found in black plastic bags located in the back seat and truck of the car, according to police. The potential loss to state coffers was $8,620 in cigarette tax.

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