NY man arrested for tobacco smuggling
A New York man was stopped in Kent County for texting while driving, then arrested for tobacco smuggling, state officials said Monday.
An agent from the Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement spotted the man about 4 p.m. Friday on U.S. 13 driving north well below the speed limit and apparently texting on a cellphone, division Director John Yeomans said.
He stopped the car in the area of Lockmeath Way and contacted the driver, Jose O. Verdejo, 26, of Brooklyn, he said.
The agent then discovered Verdejo had 127 cartons of cigarettes in the trunk of his car, Yeomans said in a statement. The cigarettes were purchased on the eastern shore of Virginia, he said.
The agent arrested Verdejo for possession of untaxed cigarettes, attempting to evade Delaware excise tax, inattentive driving and impeding the flow of traffic, Yeomans said.
Agents from the division, which is part of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, seized the cigarettes, Verdejo’s 2010 Toyota Camry and $467 cash, he said.
He was released after posting $3,600 secured bail.
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