ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) - Comptroller Peter Franchot's office says agents confiscated thousands of packs of contraband cigarettes from a car on Route 13 in Worcester County on Wednesday morning.
Officials say while comptroller agents were conducting routine surveillance on the Maryland-Virginia border they saw a large amount of cigarettes being loaded into a 1995 Toyota Camry with Maryland plates. The agents stopped the vehicle on Route 13 and Stockton Road, according to officials, and seized 4,100 packs of contraband cigarettes.
The agents then arrested the driver and two passengers, who all live in Silver Spring, Md., say officials. The three people will be charged with Transporting Contraband Cigarettes and Possession of Contraband Cigarettes in the State of Maryland, which is a felony.
Officials say the charge transportation carries a $50 per carton fine and/or two-year imprisonment sentence while the possession offense carries a $1,000 fine and/or imprisonment, not exceeding one year.
The Camry was confiscated, say officials.
According to the comptroller's office, 115 arrests have been made and almost 260,000 packs of cigarettes have been seized in the 2013 fiscal year. Last fiscal year, 220 people were arrested and nearly 378,000 packs of cigarettes were seized, according to officials.