A 31-year-old North Carolina man, who is accused of smuggling cigarettes, was charged following a hit-and-run accident in Millsboro.
The Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement was contacted by the Millsboro Police in reference to a suspect, who had been arrested for a hit-and-run accident, who was in possession of a large amount of cigarettes, said Kimberly Chandler, director of communications for the Delaware Department of Homeland Security.
Bakil K. Salim of Jacksonville, N.C. was traveling on U.S. Route 113 in Millsboro and struck another vehicle, Chandler said. Salim then fled the scene. He was stopped a few miles away and arrested by Millsboro officers. Millsboro police confiscated 280 cartons of cigarettes as well as three ski masks and three sets of handcuffs from the vehicle. The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement was then notified of the incident.
DATE agents responded to Millsboro and determined that the 280 cartons were obtained in North Carolina and were being transported to an unknown destination. Salim was charged by DATE with possession of untaxed cigarettes and attempting to evade Delaware excise tax, Chandler said.
Millsboro Police filed several traffic charges against Salim. He was incarcerated at Sussex Correctional Institution on $6,000 cash bail.