An Oak Lawn man busted with 128 cartons of contraband cigarettes this week appeared in court Wednesday.
Sheriff’s Police arrested 21-year-old Mohammad Nakhleh at 11:25 p.m. Monday in the 9500 block of South 85th Court in Hickory Hills after officers found 128 cartons – 1,280 packs – of cigarettes with Indiana tax stamps in his vehicle. Officers had pulled the vehicle over for not having a front license plate and discovered the contraband cigarettes during a search of the car.
Nakhleh, of Oak Lawn, was charged Tuesday with unlawful possession of more than a 1,000 packs of contraband cigarettes, a class 3 felony. Bail was set at $40,000 Wednesday morning at the Bridgeview Courthouse, according to a release from the county.
Nakhleh also was fined $36,000 by the Cook County Department of Revenue, according to a sheriff's department release.