Former Huntington Gas Station Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - Federal prosecutors have confirmed that the former owner of a former heavily drug, prostitute and violence trafficked convenience store and gas station pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell black market tobacco.

Basim Ali Talouzi, 45, of Charleston, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport, receive, possess, purchase and sell contraband cigarettes and distribution of oxycodone. He owned the Sunoco station at the corner of 20th Street and 9th Avenue.

The release from the U.S. attorney’s office said the defendant arranged for the sale and delivery of approximately 3,422,400 or 17,112 cartons of contraband cigarettes,

ATF agents targeted the area operating out of a building across the street known as “Smokin’ Aces.”

He is one of nine individuals indicted last month on the cigarette charges.

Talouzi faces up to 25 years in prison and a $1,250,000 fine.

He will be sentenced in June.

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