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Berlin Traffic Stop Yields More Than 12,000 Packs of Untaxed Cigarettes

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Police found 1,292 cartons of unstamped cigarettes in the truck bed. (Photo: Berlin Police Department) Police found 1,292 cartons of unstamped cigarettes in the truck bed. (Photo: Berlin Police Department)
Bakeel Mofleh Alsayidi Bakeel Mofleh Alsayidi

BERLIN, Md.- A New York man is facing charges in Maryland after Berlin police say they found thousands of untaxed cigarettes in his truck during a traffic stop in Berlin.

According to police, an officer pulled over 22-year-old Bakeel Mofleh Alsayidi of Ozone, N.Y., on Monday at the intersection of Route 113 and Burley Street.

Police said when Alsayidi exhibited what they described as "suspicious and nervous behavior," a canine team from the Worcester County Sheriff's Office was called in to search his truck. According to investigators, the search revealed 1,292 cartons of unstamped cigarettes in the truck bed, or 12,920 packs, with a value of $83,334 and a tax loss of $25,840 to the state of Maryland.

The cigarettes and the 2015 Toyota Tundra that Alsayidi used to transport the cigarettes were seized by the Maryland Comptroller’s Office, police said. 

Alsayidi was cited for traffic violations and charged with transporting untaxed cigarettes. He was released Tuesday after posting $3,000 cash bond.

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