Police briefs - Aug. 12

August 11, 2013

Vehicle tires slashed in West End of Hagerstown
At least nine vehicles in Hagerstown’s West End had their tires slashed overnight Saturday, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Stewart Heckman said.
The vehicles were in the area of the 400 block of George Street, with one or two on Church Street, he said.
The damage was discovered Sunday morning, he said.

More than 400 cartons of cigarettes seized
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —Police seized more than 400 cartons of cigarettes worth about $20,000 and more than $50,000 in other contraband and assets at a Martinsburg residence Tuesday afternoon, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents.
Juan Fabre, 30, Abad Jose De La Cruz Fabres, 48, and Crusita Gomez, 60, all of New York City, and Segundino Olivo, 54, of Martinsburg, each were arraigned Wednesday by Magistrate Betty Jo Hersh on single misdemeanor counts of unlawful transportation of tax-not-paid tobacco products, according to court documents.
West Virginia State Police troopers seized the cigarettes at about 1 p.m. Tuesday at 116 N. Queen St., upon executing a search warrant, according to court documents.
The warrant was obtained after excise tax violations were observed earlier Tuesday, according to court documents.
The defendants were spotted buying large amounts of tobacco in Virginia and taking it to West Virginia, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court by State Police Trooper N.K. Campbell.

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