July 11, 2018 03:03 PM
Two Illinois men face charges in Minnesota after authorities over $50,000 of untaxed tobacco products in a rental truck.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue says Mohamed Tlaib and Hamdi Nimer both face one count of aiding and abetting possession of untaxed tobacco.
In November 2017, a Minnesota State Trooper stopped a rental truck operated by the two for bypassing a weigh station. After escorting the truck to a weigh station, inspectors found a large number of tobacco products.
Talib and Nimer were not licensed tobacco distributors and could not provide invoices or paperwork for the products.
Investigators executed a search warrant and were able to determine the retail value of the contraband tobacco products was nearly $53,000, meaning nearly $51,000 in Minnesota tobacco taxes should have been paid, the department reports.
According to the Department of Revenue, each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and $10,000 fine.
Updated: July 11, 2018 03:03 PM
Created: July 11, 2018 01:13 PM
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