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New Jersey Man Sentenced on Federal Conspiracy Charges for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Mohammed Kayed, aka Mohammed Fayez, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiring to traffic in contraband cigarettes.

According to court documents, Kayed and others conspired for more than two years to buy contraband cigarettes in St. Louis, Missouri, a low tax market, and transport and distribute them in New Jersey, a high tax market.  St. Louis residents and co-defendants Mohammed Almuttan, Rami Almuttan, Hisham Mutan, and Daddam Mutan used several convenience stores which they owned or operated to create the appearance of legitimate cigarette purchases.  Illegal profits from the contraband cigarette sales were laundered through accounts associated with the convenience stores.  Kayed was a courier who, after obtaining the cigarettes in St. Louis, delivered them to New Jersey.

Kayed, 22, of Clifton, NJ, pled guilty on March 6, 2018 to one felony count of conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes.  He appeared today for sentencing in front of U.S. District Judge Ronnie White.

This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Revenue and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Updated June 5, 2018

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