NORTH EAST — Two men were charged with smuggling cigarettes after they were stopped with thousands of packs on Interstate 95, police reported.
About 5:09 p.m. Saturday, Maryland State Police trooper Duane Freeman pulled a 2013 Kia Optima over for exceeding the speed limit on the northbound interstate near mile marker 103.4, according to a state of probable cause. After conducting the stop, a K-9 scan of the car was requested and it resulted in a positive alert for controlled dangerous substances, police reported.
A total of 4,310 packs of unstamped contraband cigarettes were found in black plastic bags located in the back seat and truck of the car, according to police. The potential loss to state coffers was $8,620 in cigarette tax.
Ultimately Alcohol, Tobacco and Trade Bureau Agent Donald O’Shea Jr. charged Alpha Oumar Barry, 22, and Mohamed Kallamba, 26, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., with transportation of unstamped cigarettes and possession of more than 30 packs of unstamped cigarettes.
Kallamba posted a $10,000 bail bond while Barry posted a $5,000 bail bond on Sunday to gain their pre-trial freedom. Kallamba has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for June 20.