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January 25, 2002

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Man fined for having untaxed cigarettes


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Brooklyn, N.Y., man who was caught with hundreds of packs of untaxed cigarettes in his car last summer was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

Judge John Walker ordered Zaaf Abderrahmane, 36, to pay a $1,000 fine and serve 24 months of probation.

Abderrahmane was paid $350 to transport the unstamped cigarettes from Virginia, Walker said.

"It looked like a quick way to make a few bucks," Walker said.

Pennsylvania State Police stopped Abderrahmane's 1990 Chevrolet Caprice near Exit 3 of Interstate 81 in Antrim Township on June 29, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Investigators in Winchester, Va., saw Abderrahmane fill a shopping cart with four or five half-cases of cigarettes at Price Club, the affidavit said.

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The clerk closed the line and instructed customers to go to adjacent lines because it would take a while to process the defendant's order, the affidavit said.

Abderrahmane paid for the cigarettes with cash he pulled out of a brown paper bag, court records show. He then loaded the unstamped cigarettes into his car and got on Interstate 81, crossing into West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, according to court records.

Abderrahmane pleaded guilty to one count of possession of unstamped cigarettes. Walker said he could transfer oversight of his probation to New York if officials agreed.


Offenses add up to jail time for Pa. woman


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., woman with a history of more than 20 traffic offenses will spend two months in jail.

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker on Wednesday sentenced Shannon White, 28, of 4475 Valley Circle, to jail time for being a habitual offender.

"For 28, you've got the longest traffic record. There are eight pages of violations," Walker said.

The offenses included citations for speeding and driving with a suspended license, Walker said.

"There have to be at least 20 offenses here, and that's probably being generous," he said.

White's license is suspended until May 31, 2011, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

"Why do you keep ignoring the law and driving? It's criminal," Walker said. "You are making a mockery out of the system, and today you are going to jail."

White was charged as a habitual offender after Chambersburg Police filed a citation against her for driving with a suspended license following a May 4 accident in the borough, according to the affidavit.

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