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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MSP Press Release 10-14-14 (Berlin Barrack)

Case #: 14-MSP-033556
Date: 10/13/2014
Time: 1905 hours
Location: N/B US Rt. 113 @ Germantown Road, Berlin, Worcester County, MD
Crime: Untaxed Cigarettes
Accused: Baleek M. Thabet, H/M, DOB 5/14/92

On the above date and time, the Maryland State Police conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 white Jeep Cherokee bearing California registration 7FFX019 for excessive speed.

The driver of the vehicle was identified by his New York driver’s license as Baleek M. Thabet. During the course of the stop, numerous cartons of cigarettes were observed in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 513 cartons of untaxed cigarettes. The retail value of the cigarettes was $33,088.50, with a tax loss to the State of Maryland of $10,260.00. Thabet was arrested for the transportation of untaxed cigarettes and transported to the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack for processing.

The Maryland State Comptroller’s Office was contacted and responded to the barrack to assist with the case.

Disposition: The suspect was released on personal recognizance.
Investigating Trooper(s): TFC K. Gordy #4879
Duty Officer: Sgt. C. Sweitzer
Barrack Commander: Lt. E.W. Starner
Assistant Commander: F/Sgt. Davala
Criminal Investigation Commander: D/Sgt Sharp


Anonymous said...

"with a tax loss to the State of Maryland of $10,260.00."

False statement. The driver had a New York license. More than likely he was going to sell the smokes in NY so the tax loss would have been in NY.

Anonymous said...

I never understood that either. Unless they can prove they were going to be sold in this state how can they charge him with that.

Anonymous said...

10:48 and 11:11 the same applies for drug interdiction. Most often the vehicles stopped on the bypass were heading somewhere other than here. The arrest can actually cost the taxpayers more in the long run.

Anonymous said...

cause Maryland will use any excuse to generate money.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
cause Maryland will use any excuse to generate money.

October 15, 2014 at 5:10 AM"

I'm not sure they really generate any money. They create LE task forces for this and that, so that creates more government jobs which most likely costs more money than any generated from the arrests.

Anonymous said...

5:10 AM, said it all!!

Anonymous said...

They should bill him for the MD tax then send him on his way. Call the Delaware State Police with his tag # and description. They can pull him over and bill him for the Delaware taxes then do the same for New Jersey who can inform New York. That will surely slim his profit margin

Anonymous said...

8:20 The only problem with that is some day they will stop you coming from Delaware and charge you sales tax for your purchases in Delaware. Notice he used a California tagged car probably a rental so he could avoid the asset forfeiture confiscation.

Anonymous said...

You mess with the amount of waste in their trough, they will hammer you.