May 17, 2013, - 5:32 pm

Yet Another Muslim Cigarette Smuggling Ring in America Financing Islamic Terrorism – HAMAS, Hezbos, Qaedas in NYC

By Debbie Schlussel

Over the years, I’ve written about many Muslim cigarette smuggling rings throughout America. In every case, they are funding either HAMAS or Hezbollah. And now there is one that fronts for both AND Al-Qaeda. Yup, this is what higher cigarette taxes do for Islamic terrorists: they transfer money from the mostly poor, working-class stiffs in America who smoke to Islamic terrorists who hate us. Halal Cha-ching! Oh, and by the way, the perpetrators–16 of them!–are all Palestinian Muslims. And all but one are illegal aliens. No worries, though, because they would all be eligible to “come out of the shadows” and get their golden U.S. citizenship ticket, thanks to Marco Boob-io and his Senate Gangbang of Eight.

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Ciggie Smuggling Finances HAMAS, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda YET AGAIN

A Palestinian smuggling ring with possible ties to Middle East terrorist groups made millions selling tax-free cigarettes in the city and upstate. . . . Late Wednesday, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the NYPD busted up the ring of 16 defendants they say flooded the market with more than 1 million cartons of tax-free cigarettes. Law enforcement sources told The News some members of the group may have ties to Hamas and Hezbollah. One defendant is Youssef Odeh, 52, of Staten Island, a vocal supporter of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheik now serving a life sentence for his role in a foiled 1993 plot to blow up New York landmarks.


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Odeh is also close to Ahmed Sattar, the sheik’s interpreter, who is serving time for his role in smuggling Abdel-Rahman’s “messages of hate” out of prison. Since 2004, law enforcement has warned that groups smuggling cigarettes from Southern states like North Carolina and Virginia, where they are cheaper, to sell them tax-free up north have funneled millions of dollars in profits to terrorist groups. Prosecutors will allege the ring was run by brothers Basel and Samir Ramadan of Ocean City, Md., according to sources familiar with the investigation. In the last year, the group allegedly bought $55 million worth of virtually every brand of cigarettes in Virginia, trucking 20,000 cartons a week north and selling them — tax-free — in New York City and upstate.

The group sold the cigarettes to a vast network of distributors in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and upstate, as well as several other states, sources allege. Members of the ring managed to dodge $80 million in taxes and pocket at least $10 million in profit, prosecutors will charge. The group has been under surveillance by the state Organized Crime Task Force and NYPD for months, and search warrants were executed up and down the East Coast. Investigators recovered three guns and more than $1 million — some of which was stuffed into black plastic garbage bags — in a Maryland home linked to the ring.

Odeh, an alleged distributor, first surfaced years ago as a supporter of Abdel-Rahman and Sattar. After the sheik was convicted in 1995, Sattar called the verdict “very sad, absurd and fearful for the future of Muslims in this country. There will be a backlash.” Seven years later, Sattar was charged with acting as the jailed sheik’s messenger, helping him spread what prosecutors called his “message of hate” across the world. In one of the fatwas Sattar smuggled from his cell in Minnesota, the sheik exhorted followers to “kill (Jews) whereever they are.”

More:

All 16 of those charged are Palestinian and all but two were living illegally in the U.S. One managed to flee to Jordan before the arrests late Wednesday. Kelly said the group included several “individuals on our radar with links to known terrorists,” starting with Mohannad Seif, 39, a cigarette reseller from Brooklyn. Kelly said Seif lived in the same three-story walkup with the personal secretary of Hamas’ main fund-raiser in the U.S., Mousa Abu Marzouk, who was deported from the U.S. in 1997. Marzouk continues to raise money for Hamas in Egypt.

The NYPD also linked Muaffaq Askar, 46, a reseller in Brooklyn, to the Arab gunman who shot up a van full of yeshiva students on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994. The gunman, Rashid Baz, killed 16-year-old passenger Ari Halberstam. At the time, Baz claimed it was a case of road rage, but the incident has since been recategorized as a terrorist hit. On Thursday, Kelly said the Halberstam murder was “still open.” He revealed Askar was a “confidant” of Baz who considered Askar his “Palestinian uncle.”

Defendant Youssef Odeh, 52, of Staten Island, had financial ties to the imprisoned blind sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted in a 1993 plot to blow up New York landmarks, Kelly said. Before he got into the cigarette business, Odeh sold baby formula. In the early 1990s, the sheik invested $10,000 in Odeh’s business, Kelly said. . . . The accused ringleaders, brothers Basel and Samir Ramadan of Ocean City, Md., bought cigarettes from a Virginia wholesaler, Cooper Booth Wholesale Inc., which shipped them to a public storage facility in Delaware, prosecutors said. . . .

Several times a week, Adel Abuzahrieh, 42, of Brooklyn, drove a white box truck covered in graffiti from New York to meet the brothers in Delaware, authorities said. He’d drop off black garbage bags filled with cash and leave with thousands of cartons of cigarettes — up to 20,000 a week, prosecutors say. The brothers would show up at small local banks with beer coolers filled with cash to deposit.

Religion of Peace . . . and Hezbollah/HAMAS/Al-Qaeda ciggie smuggling.

Again, why on earth are we forcing America’s working-class poor to pay these absurd taxes on cigarettes that only end up going to line the pockets of Islamic terrorists and America haters?

I’ve asked this question repeatedly before on this site, and yet, the only answer we seem to get is further tax hikes on cigarettes in states like Michigan and New York.

Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-chaing, allahu FUBAR.

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22 Responses

If you outlaw cigarettes, only Islamic terrorists will control the American tobacco black market. If anything, we want to expand it.

Shukran, Allah is welcoming of cigarette smuggling in America!

NormanF on May 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

All that these excessive laws, taxes, & gov’t intrusions do is turn common people into criminals and career criminals into capitalists while making unscrupulous lawyers richer. Meanwhile your rights as an American Citizen, swooooosh!, get flushed down the toilet of gov’t bureaucracy.

theShadow on May 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Muslim Arabs have filled the niche that once used to be occupied by the Italians. There will always be a black market.

Prohibition failed to dry up the country; confiscatory taxes on smoking products won’t get people to quit lighting up.

The only ones in the end who benefits from such crackdowns are the bad guys – mobsters and terrorists.

NormanF on May 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Norm, To compare the excesses, and I use that term lightly, of these thugs to what the Italians used to do is quite a stretch and an insult to the Italians.

    Neils60 on May 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Agreed: poor form, Norman, to say the least. Italian immigrants have historically and presently been outstanding, hardworking and patriotic citizens of the US.

      Pop culture and media have, understandably, because it’s a good story, romanticized the microscopic percentage of mafiosa. To utter such garbage as “Muslim Arabs have filled the niche that once used to be occupied by the Italians” is an ethnic slur.

      Why not substitute “Italians” with “Jews” because there was and still certainly still are Jewish gangsters:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish-American_organized_crime

      Maybe you are getting getting your information about Italo-American culture from watching the “Sopranos” and lumping us in the same category as muslims. Disgusting, misinformed and bigoted.

      DS_ROCKS! on May 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        You do raise an excellent point – the vast majority of Italian Americans had nothing to do with the mob and its underworld activities.

        On the other hand, its a safe bet most Muslim immigrants here support Islamic terrorism and other aspects of Muslim organized crime.

        The mob does have a romantic aura because they had a “Robin Hood” aura around them – at least in the beginning. There is nothing positive associated with Islam.

        Eventually, the mob was brought under control. We have so far avoided dealing with the reality of Islam and the corpses it leaves in its wake.

        So you’re right, the analogy is an imperfect one and it doesn’t exactly illustrate how the two different groups have experienced life in America. One has been patriotic and contributed to our culture, cuisine and faith and the other one hates us and wants to do nothing better than to blow us up.

        I did not mean to put Italians in a bad light and the the truth is they and the Muslims who have gotten into organized crime here couldn’t be further apart.

        NormanF on May 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

          NormanF, thanks for the follow-up and eloquent clarification. Your post ruffled my Italian-American feathers momentarily and I unleashed on you.

          It was an all-too-common, emotional, Italian reaction (we’re allowed to stereotype ourselves, of course – lol.) and I didn’t think better of it until after I had posted.

          DS_ROCKS! on May 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      If this was true all of them can use their million dollar profits to bail themselves out. Yet Most of them are still locked up.

      Anon on May 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I’m reminded of a scene from Soylent Green where cigarettes are illegal and of course, lighting one up is a law officer (played by Charlton Heston) with his prostitute girlfriend.
…figures

theShadow on May 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

It’s amazing that we allow all of the riff-raff from muslim controlled, third-world, crapholes to come here and cheat, steal, and rob us blind. They hate us yet they gladly apply for, and accept, whatever benefits we are stupid enough to supply to these parasites. This once-great country is circling the drain and a major reason is because of the lack of control over our borders and the lack of scrutiny over who is allowed in. Our politicians are selling us out to the highest bidder and there’s not a whole lot that we can do about it. Sad.

Jeff on May 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

‘As I walked I was watching for every impression that
could possibly help to explain the condition of ruinous
splendour in which I found the world—for ruinous it was.‘

pcells on May 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Rats are drawn to the sewer, flies to shit,
the slime of crime to corruption.
Thanks to the ‘watchdogs’ for putting out the welcome mat.
They ‘tried’ to cut cigarette cancer only to make room for a much bigger one…?…what kind of fat juicy steak were they fed?

theShadow on May 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Cigarette smuggling and illegal sales wouldn’t be an issue worth talking about if the money were not going to “terrorists”. (Groups of enemy barbarians) The feds and the IRS should be watching those bastards, not the tea party.

RT on May 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Latest interfaith jihad outreach lucky strikes…

2013.05.17 (Baz Darrah, Pakistan) – Fifteen worshippers at two mosques are sent straight to Allah by Religion of Jihad rivals.
2013.05.17 (Kandahar, Afghanistan) – Islamic hardliners bomb a family restaurant, killing nine innocents.
2013.05.17 (Baqubah, Iraq) – A double bomb attack on a Sunni mosque leaves over forty worshippers dead.
2013.05.17 (Madain, Iraq) – Eight mourners at a funeral are disassembled by sectarian bombers.
2013.05.16 (Kirkuk, Iraq) – A dozen people are torn to shreds when a suicide bomber self-detonates at a Shia mosque.
2013.05.16 (Kabul, Afghanistan) – A dedicated Sunni blows himself up in a city street, exterminating fifteen souls, including two children

high top on May 18, 2013 at 3:20 am

    HT,

    This is what they do to fellow Muslims every day in the Muslim World.

    They are not going to deal with us infidels better than they deal with their fellow Muslims.

    NormanF on May 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I hope the feds go after the banks for turning a blind to the cash deposits.

WilliamMunny on May 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

I hope the feds go after the banks for turning a blind to the suspicious cash deposits.

WilliamMunny on May 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

What a travesty. And the USA government is asleep and dopy. You know Mam I am losing confidence in this government. If some thugs like these can manipulate the laws like this, there might as well be no government and let the vigilantis rule.

Gamal R. Scharoubim on May 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Muslims smoke more than anybody. Cigarettes are not haram, but cooking with wine is! Go figure!

E on May 19, 2013 at 12:38 am

This theft is nothing compared to the billions of dollars stolen by the jews from wall street. Wake up you idiots. As soon as you see muslims and islam you quickly forget about the day and night theft in wall steet. Hating islam that much is clouding your sight to whom the real thieves are. Thses 16 palestinians are chumps compared to the big time wall street dbags.

Ray Said on May 20, 2013 at 2:23 am

Get a life Ray! The point is the Jews on Wall Street are probably not even religious Jews and once again, there goes your stereotyping and Jew conspiracy theories about the USA. You sound like you have been living in a cave. Meanwhile, these Muslim cigarette smugglers pretend to be good Muslims, going to mosques, wives on hijab who never leave the house only to go to the grocery store, and they are taking food stamps from the government because they don’t have legal marriages, only mosque marriages, and the husband’s are doing illegal activities. Arab Muslim guys in the USA are responsible for the most crime. You guys sell glass pens at your gas stations in bad neighborhoods where crack is rampant, you sell alcohol and cigarettes to minors, the list goes on. You also own cheap hotels/motels where men bring underage prostitutes in urban cities and most of the johns that pick up hookers are Arabs.

E on May 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Ironically enough the place where these MuSLIMES bought the cigarettes in bulk is owned by 2 jewish guys…Burton Margolis, Emeritus nd Barry Margolis, President.

squirrbells on May 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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