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Md. Police: N.J. Man Transported Untaxed Cigarettes

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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.)

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