Traffic stop leads to $73,370 in untaxed cigarettes

GEORGETOWN – Town of Georgetown police Saturday arrested a Virginia man found to be in possession of more than $70,000 of untaxed cigarettes during a traffic stop in Georgetown.

Tanvir Rafi

Tanvir Rafi, 44, of Yorktown, VA., was charged with four counts of possession of untaxed tobacco products and one count of attempting to evade or defeat tax. Rafi was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court No. 3.

He was released on $6,400 unsecured bond, said Georgetown Police Department spokesman Det. Joey Melvin.

Total current street value in New York of the cigarettes confiscated is approximately $73,370, Det. Melvin said.

The incident occurred on Oct. 14 at approximately 11 a.m. Georgetown police on patrol on DuPont Boulevard observed a gray Ford Explorer commit a traffic violation.

Georgetown police found more than $73,000 of untaxed cigarettes during an Oct. 14 traffic stop.

After contacting the operator of the Ford Explorer, officers conducted a consensual search of the vehicle.

A search was conducted which revealed several bags containing cartons of cigarettes throughout the vehicle.

In total, 5,060 packs of cigarettes of miscellaneous brands were located in the vehicle, Det. Melvin said.

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