Delawareans arrested in cigarette smuggling ring with ties to terrorism

By Mellany Armstrong 6:57am, May 17, 2013 - Updated 4:03pm, May 17, 2013
Arrests in Delaware for an East Coast cigarette smuggling ring that may
have funneled some of the illicit proceeds to terrorist groups.

Authorities say the ring sold more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes, netting $55 million dollars. Two reputed ringleaders were arrested yesterday in Maryland, with other arrests in New York City and New Jersey.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to follow the money.

"They didn't use it to live extravagant lifestyles. We're very concerned about where the money went, and we are still investigating that," says Schneiderman.

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The smugglers allegedly had links to Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind cleric who is serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks.

"There's millions of dollars unaccounted for, and one of the things we'll be looking at is if that's gone to terrorist organizations overseas," says Scheiderman.

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