State Police bust Va. to N.Y. cigarette smuggling run; 4,600 packs seized

From: DelmarvaNow.com

BERLIN — State Police arrested two people late Wednesday for moving 4,600 packs of cigarettes across state lines, from Virginia into New York.

Troopers charged Demba Maiga, 41, of Greensboro, N.C., and Mussa Cisse, 25, of Bronx, N.Y., with transport and possession of untaxed cigarettes. Both were arrested and taken before a Worcester County District Court Commissioner.

It was about 11:15 p.m. Feb. 15 when a Trooper pulled over a grey 2004 Honda Accord with North Carolina plates for an “equipment violation” on northbound Route 113 near Harrison Road in Berlin.

During the stop, the Trooper saw cartons of cigarettes in the rear seat of the vehicle covered with clothing.

When asked, the driver, Maiga, admitted to having contraband in the vehicle and ultimately admitted to transporting untaxed cigarettes from Virginia to New York, State Police said.

A search of the vehicle turned up 460 cartons of untaxed cigarettes, $4,597 in cash, a sales receipt for cigarettes, and a ledger listing cigarettes.

State Police report that the total tax loss to the state is $9,200 and the total retail loss to the state is $27,508 according to figures provided by the Maryland Comptroller’s Office.

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