BERLIN, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a traffic stop on the Eastern Shore led to the discovery of more than 1,300 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in a New Jersey man’s van.

When a trooper stopped a man on Saturday near Berlin for negligent driving, police say he noticed cargo in the back and smelled tobacco. WGMD-FM reports that a search of the van turned up 1,324 cartons of cigarettes without tax stamps worth more than $79,000.

Police say the driver, 49-year-old Charles Davis Jr. of Carteret, N.J., did not have any documentation for transporting the cigarettes. The tax loss to the state is estimated at more than $26,000.

Davis was charged with transporting unstamped cigarettes and released on $25,000 bond.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Tired of smoke and mirrors says:

    The state lost nearly $26 grand in tax revenue? That is a BOGUS claim by Annapolis as usual. Unless the guy was selling the smokes in this state, MD lost NOTHING. Even the Comptroller’s Office can’t tell the truth anymore.

  2. oscar says:

    This is the result of an overtaxed state & it’s citizens who are fed up with their money being squandered on Casa De Maya & other welfare programs. Our tobacco tax is the highest in the surrounding states of Del, N.C. VA, W.Va. Fuc them in Annapolis.

  3. bmoregyrl says:

    I agree with both comments. I am taxed enough so why don’t they go after the drug runners and the drug leaders for murder and other violent crimes. I am just saying. I am not a smoker but enough is enough of the government stealing our money and you don’t see them going to jai……

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