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Former Prince George’s police officer gets 10 years for cigarette, cocaine trafficking

A former Prince George’s County police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in selling thousands of dollars in untaxed cigarettes and cocaine to an undercover FBI agent.

Sinisa Simic, 30, plead guilty in 2011 to cocaine trafficking, extortion and firearm offenses. His arrest and conviction were part of a sweeping corruption probe that brought down county executive Jack B. Johnson along with three police officers and six others.

Simic received the longest sentence of the three officers, all of whom were involved in a cigarette and alcohol smuggling ring, because he and co-conspirator Mirza Kujundzic were also selling cocaine in an unrelated scheme. Former police corporal Chong Chin Kim was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the cigarette and alcohol conspiracy, and former sergeant Richard J. Delabrer to three years and 10 months.

All three were found guilty of using their authority as police officers to protect illegal shipments from Virginia to Maryland and other places. 

Smuggling of the contraband cigarettes cost the federal government, Maryland and Virginia about $1.36 million in tax revenue, prosecutors said.

Kujundzic, 33, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to firearm, drug possession and drug trafficking charges.

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