2,000 unstamped packs of cigarettes seized near Perryville

Comptroller agents recently arrested two men near Perryville suspected of smuggling about 2,000 packs of illegal cigarettes. The arrests are part of several similar busts across the state.

On July 30, Maryland State Police Trooper Joseph Twardowski stopped a Jeep on I-95 about two miles north of the Perryville exit, according to online court records.

During the course of the stop, Twardowski noticed a "significant amount of cigarettes," inside the Jeep, according to a release from the Comptroller of Maryland.

The trooper contacted the comptroller's office, whose agents sized about 2,000 packs of illegal cigarettes, worth about $12,000, from the vehicle, according to the release.

Agents also confiscated the 1996 Jeep Cherokee that was registered in Georgia and arrested two men, according to the release.

Hammam Salah Sharhan, 19, of the first block of Donahue Avenue, in Inwood, N.Y., and Jean William, 25, of the 1100 block of Nameoke Street, in Far Rockaway, N.Y., were charged with possession of more than 30 unstamped cigarettes and transporting unstamped cigarettes. Sharhan was also charged with driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone.

The arrests were among nine in one of five separate cases in which comptroller agents confiscated contraband cigarettes. The approximately 15,000 packs of contraband cigarettes confiscated between July 30 and Aug. 3 totaled about $89,000, according to the release.

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