N.Y. man charged with transport of $13,000 in untaxed cigarettes

August 13, 2002

A New York City man was charged with transporting $13,668 worth of untaxed cigarettes after his 2002 Dodge Intrepid was stopped along Interstate 95 in Harford County, authorities said.

Alkayed K. Hamali, 25, was released Friday on $1,500 bail. He was charged with transporting untaxed cigarettes, a felony that can carry up to a two-year jail sentence and/or a $50 per carton fine. He also was charged with unlawful possession of untaxed cigarettes, a misdemeanor that can carry up to a one-year sentence and/or a $1,000 fine, authorities said.

Agents for the Maryland comptroller's office stopped Hamali's car and found 3,400 packs of cigarettes purchased in Virginia, according to Michael D. Golden, spokesman for Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

Since June 1, when the cigarette tax was raised from 66 cents to $1 per pack, 33 people have been charged with transporting untaxed tobacco, and 4,981 packs of cigarettes, valued at $20,023, have been seized by the state, Golden said.

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