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

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.)

  • Tired of smoke and mirrors

    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.

  • oscar

    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.

  • bmoregyrl

    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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