DOVER, Del. — A man arrested in Delaware as part of the takedown of an alleged East Coast cigarette smuggling ring that may have funneled money to terrorist groups is being held on $12.5 million cash bail.
State police arrested Adel Abuzahrieh, 47, of Staten Island, N.Y., this week after a traffic stop on Route 1 near Milford. Police say they found 201 cases of cigarettes in the box truck he was driving and seized between $15,000 and $20,000 in cash.
Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said Abuzahrieh was arrested by members of a DSP special operations response team who were alerted to his whereabouts.
Shavack said Abuzahrieh loaded up a 2007 Mitsubishi box truck with cigarettes stored at a facility in Selbyville and began driving north on Route 1. He was taken into custody without incident and arrested on a fugitive warrant from New York alleging “enterprise corruption,” Shavack said.
New York authorities allege Abuzahrieh is part of a smuggling ring that made a fortune selling more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York and may have funneled some of the proceeds to terrorist groups.MORE IN Vermont NewsMosquitoes in Springfield have tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test this... Full Story
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