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Police security operation targets cargo leaving port of Baltimore

Authorities removed 30 drivers and trucks from the road and arrested one fugitive during a three-day operation meant to showcase their joint federal, state and local commitment to port security.
Authorities removed 30 drivers and trucks from the road and arrested one fugitive during a three-day operation meant to showcase their joint federal, state and local commitment to port security. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Authorities removed 30 drivers and trucks from the road and arrested one fugitive during a three-day operation meant to showcase their joint federal, state and local commitment to port security.

The operation — known as TACTICSS, for Threat Assessed Cooperative Targeting Intermodal Container Safety/Security — was designed to target hazardous materials, contraband and other security threats that could be shipped through the port of Baltimore.

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"This preventive operation was a demonstration of the commitment of federal, state and local authorities to homeland security and the ability to work along side one another," the state police said.

In all, more than 300 commercial drivers were contacted and more than 100 commercial vehicles were inspected on their way to or from the port of Baltimore as part of the sweeping security operation, conducted by nine government agencies.

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The agencies ranged from the state police to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The fugitive was a truck driver with an outstanding warrant in Virginia, though authorities wouldn't say for what. The other drivers were all guilty of more commonplace commercial driving violations, from brake and tire issues to out-of-order logbooks or too many consecutive hours on the job, said Sgt. Marc Black, a Maryland State Police spokesman.

The vehicles were stopped on Maryland interstates and at the port from Tuesday through Thursday of this week.

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