Zona Moore: Zona's Tamales owner and son Saalim Muhammed busted on stolen goods beef

Zona's Tamales, 713 E. 26th Avenue, has won two Best of Denver awards, including a 2002 nod for Best Pig's Ears -- a "novel sandwich" in which the ears are "cooked until tender (except for that crunchy cartilage) and slathered with mustard and onions."

Our staff found the results criminally delicious -- but that's not why owner Zona Moore, her son, Saalim Muhammed, and a third person, Renee McKinnon, are currently in trouble.

Last month, the Denver Police Department began investigating reports that Moore, Muhammed and McKinnon were trafficking in cigarettes and other stolen goods -- and what DPD reps discovered resulted in theft by receiving charges. She full-sized photos of the trio, and get more details from the Denver District Attorney's Office release below:


Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged the owner of Zona's Tamales and two others, including her son, in connection with an investigation into the buying and selling of stolen goods at the restaurant at 713 East 26th Avenue.

Zona Moore (DOB: 10-10-25), Saalim Muhammed (aka Charles "Buck" Fields) (DOB: 08-13-41) and Renee McKinnon (08-25-60) are each charged with one count of theft by receiving (F4).

In June 2010, the Denver Police Department received complaints about illegal activity at Zona's Tamales and began an investigation which resulted in the arrests of the defendants. The charges allege that Moore, Muhammed and McKinnon took part in the buying and selling of stolen property, primarily cigarettes but also including TVs and other items. Allegations of additional criminal activity by other individuals may result in additional charges.

Moore and Muhammed have each been released from custody on a $3,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in Denver County Court room 2100 on August 6, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. to be advised of the charges.

McKinnon has been released from custody on a $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court room 2100 on August 9, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. to be advised of the charge against her.

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