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Delaware Traffic Stop Turns up Untaxed Cigarettes

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Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement photo of the cigarettes and cash seized during Tuesday's traffic stop. Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement photo of the cigarettes and cash seized during Tuesday's traffic stop.
Elebechir Lehreitani Elebechir Lehreitani

NEWARK, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Delaware authorities say state troopers found hundreds of cartons of untaxed cigarettes from North Carolina when they stopped a Virginia man.

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement said 38-year-old Elebechir Lehreitani of Alexandria, Va., was stopped for speeding on I-95 near Newark on Tuesday and consented to a search that turned up 402 cartons of untaxed cigarettes concealed in the trunk of his Chevrolet Impala.

Officials said a DATE agent determined that Lehreitani bought the cigarettes in North Carolina, but his destination remains unknown.

Authorities seized the cigarettes and $269 in Lehreitani's possession.

Lehreitani was charged with possession of untaxed cigarettes and attempting to evade Delaware excise tax and cited for speeding. He was released on $6,100 unsecured bail.

 

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