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Date: Apr 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2016
 
MDTA POLICE INTERCEPT NEARLY 4,000 PACKS OF UNTAXED CIGARETTES ON I-95 IN BALTIMORE
 
State Comptroller Determined Nearly $8,000 In Lost Tax Revenue
 
BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have arrested a New Jersey man who had nearly 4,000 packs of untaxed cigarettes with a retail value exceeding $25,000 in his car.
 
On Wednesday, April 6, an MDTA Police Officer stopped Rosendo Perez-Torres, 68, of Elizabeth, N.J., on northbound I-95 in Baltimore County. Perez-Torres, who was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, had his vehicle's rear license plate obscured. After a roadside interview, the officers located the cigarettes in the vehicle's trunk and took Perez-Torres into custody without incident.
 
The MDTA Police contacted the Comptroller of Maryland - Field Enforcement Division regarding the seizure, and an agent charged Perez-Torres with transporting cigarettes within Maryland without the tobacco tax being paid and unlawfully possessing more than 30 cartons of unstamped cigarettes. The total tax loss for the state of Maryland is $7,900.
 
The investigation revealed Perez-Torres was traveling from North Carolina to New Jersey. After processing, Perez-Torres appeared before a District Court Commissioner where a $10,000 bail was set.
 
In recent weeks, the MDTA Police also recovered more than 28,000 packs of untaxed cigarettes with a retail value of nearly $185,000.
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The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the state, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2016
 
 
MDTA POLICE HONOR TOP COPS
Baltimore City Resident Named Officer of the Year
 
 
BALTIMORE, MD - Transportation Secretary and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Chairman Pete K. Rahn joined MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee and MDTA Police Chief Col. Woodrow W. Jones yesterday to honor sworn and civilian members of the MDTA Police who distinguished themselves in 2015.
 
"These public servants ought to be lauded as they risk their lives every day to protect Maryland's citizens and visitors using our bridges, tunnels, highways, ports and airports," said Secretary Rahn.
 
Officer Renato Guarnaccia was named the MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2015. A Baltimore City resident and nine-year member of the force, Officer Guarnaccia began his career as an MDTA Police Cadet and graduated from the MDTA Police Training Academy in 2010.
 
Officer Guarnaccia received the award for his overall performance during 2015. He had several notable criminal arrests, including arrests for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin and the recovery of a stolen vehicle where the vehicle identification numbers had been replaced. Officer Guarnaccia also arrested a subject for a significant theft of copper wire from a construction site, seized 782 cartons of untaxed cigarettes and arrested and charged two suspects with firearms charges after a shooting.
 
"The MDTA Police represent honesty, integrity, dignity and dedication, and last night, we honored our finest," said Colonel Jones. "I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who protect and serve Maryland families as they travel our great state every day."
 
In addition to naming the 2015 Officer of the Year, the MDTA Police presented officers and civilians with more than 100 awards, including Awards of Excellence, Lifesaving Awards, Top DUI Enforcement, Motor Carrier Inspector of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year and Chief's Commendations, among others.
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A nationally accredited force, the MDTA Police is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the state, with more than 600 sworn and civilian professionals. MDTA Police Officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
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