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Owner forced to give up convenience stores over contraband cigarettes

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Federal and state law enforcement authorities haul evidence out of Sunny Market, 600 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Wednesday morning, July 25, 2012. The store’s owner, 54-year-old Amer “Sunny” Ramo, was charged in a criminal complaint with receipt, possession and purchase of contraband cigarrettes.

A Las Vegas convenience store owner received five years probation and must abandon his convenience stores as part of a guilty plea for purchasing contraband cigarettes, said Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada.

Amer “Sunny” Ramo, 55, was sentenced Friday. He was required to give up his gambling, liquor and business licenses. Ramo owned Sunny Market in North Las Vegas, as well as Sunny Market II and JB Liquors in Las Vegas.

Ramo pleaded guilty to one count of receipt, possession and purchase of contraband cigarettes, officials said.

Metro Police had initially received a tip in February that Ramo had been purchasing stolen liquor and cigarettes and selling them in his stores, Bogden said in a news release.

In May and June, a Metro Police undercover detective sold Ramo liquor, baby formula and cigarettes that the detective claimed were stolen, Bogden said. During that period, Ramo purchased one batch of 12,000 cigarettes for $300 and another 36,000 cigarettes for $750.

Police then issued a search warrant at Ramo’s Sunny Market and found the property purchased from the undercover detective, Bogden said. Ramo was arrested in July.

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