- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - An Owings Mills man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for plotting to distribute $6.6 million in contraband cigarettes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that 43-year-old Elmar Rakhamimov was also ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution at sentencing Friday in federal court in Baltimore.

According to his guilty plea, Rakhamimov and others bought contraband cigarettes, on which state taxes have not been paid, and arranged for their storage and transportation New York City.

Prosecutors say Rakhamimov and others bought contraband cigarettes 18 times between December 2011 and November 2013 from an undercover FBI agent in Baltimore County.

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