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‘Deeply Troubling’: Authorities In New York Arrest 15 Muslims Funding Islamic Terrorism In Multi-Million Dollar Smuggling Ring


They weren’t just blowing smoke …

By Mark Hosenball, Reuters – “Fifteen men of Palestinian origin have been arrested on charges of running a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring in New York, and New York authorities who announced the arrests on Thursday said several of the suspects have ties to Hamas and other Islamist militant groups.

The men are accused of smuggling more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Virginia to be sold in grocery stores across New York, with $55 million in sales uncovered so far, Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, and Ray Kelly, the New York City police commissioner, said at a press conference.

‘We don’t know where all of that money went, but what we do know is deeply troubling,’ Schneiderman said. ‘We know that some members of this group have ties to very dangerous people, we know they were arrested with weapons, we know that they made tens of millions of dollars but so far we have found only a fraction of that.’

Investigators are still tracking where much of the money ended up, but they noted similar rings in the past have funneled money to Hamas, the Islamist government in Gaza, and Hezbollah, the militant Shi’ite group based in Lebanon, both of which are considered to be terrorist organizations by the United States.

All 15 men remained in custody on Thursday and could not be reached for comment. It was not immediately clear if they had retained lawyers.

A 16th man accused of taking part in the ring, Ribhi Awadeh, 39, from Guttenberg, New Jersey, remained at large after flying to Jordan several weeks ago, Schneiderman said.

In a 224-count indictment, the men are charged with enterprise corruption, money laundering and other tax crimes, for which each defendant faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.” Read more.

Flashback: Oklahoma: Police, Federal Agents Raid Muslim-Owned Car Dealership in Tulsa Tied to Terrorist Money Laundering – “Tulsa police and federal agents are searching a car dealership in midtown for evidence of ties to an alleged money laundering scheme which funnels funds to Hezbollah terrorists… The suit alleges a massive money-laundering scheme centered around a Lebanese bank which the feds say funnelled a total of nearly $250 million to Hezbollah, considered a terrorist organization.” Read more.

Flashback: Seeking ‘To Communicate The Message Of Islam’: Another Islamic ‘Charity’ Caught Promoting Extremism And Terror – “The charitable wing of a major American Muslim organization is promoting donations to extremist causes, undercutting a nationwide campaign to improve its image. The website link from the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Relief division hints at deeper connections to extremism and terror, both by the charitable branch and by its parent organization.” Read more.

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