Store owner sentenced in black market smokes case

Store owner sentenced in black market smokes case

CREATED Mar. 26, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors say a North Las Vegas store owner who lost his three businesses has been sentenced to five years' probation for buying black market cigarettes.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Monday that Amer "Sunny" Ramo was sentenced Friday.

Ramo pleaded guilty in November in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to receiving, possessing and buying contraband cigarettes.

He agreed at that time to give up gambling, liquor and business licenses in Clark County and sell his convenience and liquor stores.

Federal prosecutors had alleged Ramo bought some 50,000 cigarettes for a little more than $1,000 last July after being told taxes hadn't been paid on them.

Ramo also was accused of buying liquor and baby formula that he believed had been stolen from grocery stores in the Las Vegas area.