- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Chesterfield County man has been sentenced to three years and five months in prison for his role in a cigarette trafficking case.

U.S. District Judge Robert Payne on Thursday also ordered 57-year-old Mohamed Seid Ahmed Mohamed to pay just over $1 million in restitution to the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Mohamed pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to commit wire fraud and to traffic in contraband cigarettes.

According to court documents, Mohamed owned and operated a cigarette store in Richmond. From June 2011 to January 2014, he and his co-conspirators bought more than 440,000 cartons of cigarettes at wholesale stores and sold most of them to traffickers who transported them to other states for resale as untaxed cigarettes. The total value of the cigarettes was nearly $20 million.

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