Lemont man accused of smuggling smokes
BY BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com August 22, 2013 3:36PM
Anwar K. Dihan | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's office
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:28AM
CHANNAHON TOWNSHIP — A Lemont man was smuggling cigarettes into the state when he was speeding through a construction zone Wednesday, police said.
Anwar K. Dihan, 42, was driving north on Interstate 55 near the Des Plaines River bridge at 5:45 p.m. when an Illinois State Police trooper stopped Dihan’s sport utility vehicle, according to Illinois State Police Special Agent Jorge Fonseca.
The trooper noticed Dihan had 240 cartons of cigarettes with Missouri tax stamps on them in the back of the vehicle, Fonseca said. State law prohibits having more than 1,000 packs of cigarettes that could be resold unless the person is licensed as a tobacco dealer by the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Fonseca said Dihan does not have such a license.
“After speaking with (Dihan) we were given consent to search a storage facility in Bridgeview, where we found another 130 cartons,” Fonseca said. Police also reportedly seized $12,000, and the storage unit also contained many cases of baby formula.
“Baby formula is frequently targeted by thieves to be resold. There are no charges related to that evidence right now, but the investigation will continue,” Capt. Cindy Benson said.
Dihan, of 1208 Camelot Lane, was charged with possession of contraband cigarettes and transport of contraband cigarettes and booked into the Will County jail early Thursday.
Records show Dihan previously operated Salam Restaurant, 4636 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago, but an employee who answered the phone Thursday said he is not the current owner.