- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Police have arrested a man on Interstate 95 in Baltimore who they say was smuggling more than 20,000 packs of untaxed cigarettes from North Carolina to New Jersey.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police said in a news release that an officer stopped a speeding car on Saturday just before the exit to Interstate 695. Authorities say the officer saw the cigarettes, with an estimated retail value of $133,000, in the vehicle.

The driver, 32-year-old Ammar Shamakh of Pikeville, North Carolina, was charged with transporting cigarettes within Maryland without the tobacco tax being paid, unlawfully possessing more than 30 cartons of unstamped cigarettes, and speeding.


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