Former Prince George's County officer gets 10 years in prison for drug, cigarette trafficking
GREENBELT, MD. (WJLA) - A former Prince George's County police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for his part in a conspiracy to sell untaxed cigarettes and cocaine.
The officer has been identified as Sinisa Simic, 30, of Woodbridge, Va.
According to Simic's plea agreement, between July 2009 to January 2010, Simic participated in a conspiracy to transport and distribute untaxed cigarettes in Maryland, Virginia and elsewhere. As part of the conspiracy, Simic used his official authority as a Prince George's County police officer to ensure the safe transport and distribution of the untaxed cigarettes in exchange for cash payments from a source and an undercover agent working with the FBI .
During November 2009, law enforcement intercepted conversations on Simic's cell phone which indicated that he and his co-conspirator, Mirza Kunjundzic, both wanted Kunjundzic to be armed while they were protecting the contraband cigarettes during transportation and distribution. Simic subsequently obtained a 50-caliber handgun for Kunjundzic to use.
On Dec. 2, 2009, Simic and Kunjundzic transported 80 cases of contraband cigarettes to New Jersey in exchange for $3,400, paid to them by the undercover agent.
From July 2009 through January 2010, Simic and Kunjundzic also distributed cocaine to the undercover agent and source.
For example, on Oct. 7, 2009, Simic and Kunjundzic delivered 114.5 grams of cocaine to the undercover agent, who paid them $6,520 for the cocaine and to transport and protect a delivery of contraband cigarettes. A portion of the cocaine was secreted in the shipment of contraband cigarettes.
Similarly, on Oct. 22, 2009, Simic and Kunjundzic delivered 244.3 grams of cocaine to the undercover agent, and on and Nov. 12, 2009, they delivered 268.2 grams of cocaine, for which they were paid $13,800 and $4,000, respectively.
Simic was armed during each of the transactions.
From Sept. 9, 2009 through at least Jan. 26, 2010, Simic and Kunjundzic provided protection for eight shipments of contraband, containing 575.5 cases of cigarettes, and were paid a total of $52,120, including the payments for the cocaine.
Simic's and Kunjundzic's activities resulted in tax losses of $819,600 to Maryland, $122,940 to Virginia, and $413,818 to the federal government.
Simic was charged with the transport and distribution of untaxed cigarettes, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession and transfer of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and a crime of violence. He received 10 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his participation.
In February, Mirza Kunjundzic, age 33, of Woodbridge, Va., was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Simic was also ordered to forfeit $1,137,898, the total amount of tax losses to Maryland, Virginia and the federal government.