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Laurel Traffic Stop Leads to Tobacco Smuggling Arrest

Mohamed A. Shamalah Mohamed A. Shamalah

LAUREL, Del.- A Laurel traffic stop has led to the arrest of a North Carolina man accused of  smuggling more than 370 cartons of cigarettes across state lines.

Officials with the Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement said that on Thursday, 46-year-old Mohamed A. Shamalah, of Plymouth, N.C., was traveling on U.S. 13 when he was stopped by Laurel police officers for a traffic violation. Authorities said that during the stop, officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and took Shamalah into custody. Officials said that after officers contacted DATE after they discovered Shamalah was in possession of marijuana and 379 cartons of untaxed cigarettes.

According to DATE, division agents determined Shamalah had purchased the cigarettes in North Carolina and Virginia for approximately $20,000 and was transporting them to an unknown destination.

DATE charged Shamalah with possession of untaxed cigarettes, attempting to evade delaware excise tax, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. DATE agents seized a 2002 Volvo 4S, the cigarettes and $432 in cash. Laurel police also issued a traffic citation to Shamalah.

He was subsequently held in the Sussex Correctional Institution on $8,000 cash bail. 

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