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MDTA Police seize 16,200 packages of untaxed cigarettes on I-95 in Harford County

BALTIMORE, MD—On Thursday afternoon, MDTA Police arrested a Michigan man during a traffic stop on I-95 in Harford County.

The MDTA Police contacted agents from the Maryland Comptroller’s Office Field Enforcement Division who charged the 20-year-old-man with transporting cigarettes within Maryland without the tobacco tax being paid and unlawfully possessing 16,200 unstamped tobacco products.

The total tax loss for the state of Maryland is $34,400.00.

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An MDTA Police Officer stopped a 2019 Ford Transit Van on northbound I-95 for impeding the flow of traffic.

During a subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, officers located a large number of trash bags containing 1,620 cartons or 16,200 packages of various untaxed cigarettes.

The driver was taken into custody without incident and transported before a Harford County Commissioner for his initial appearance.

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