Tuesday, October 14, 2014
MSP Press Release 10-14-14 (Berlin Barrack)
Case #: 14-MSP-033556
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
at 10/14/2014 10:30:00 PM