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Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Arrest 10 Austin-Area Residents on Federal Drug and Money Laundering Charges
U.S. Attorneys Office
March 22, 2012
Western District of Texas
John E. Murphy, Attorney for the United States, FBI Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Steve McCullough, and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the arrest of 10 Austin-area residents, including Austin businessman Hussein Ali Yassine, on federal drug and money laundering charges.
Those arrested this morning without incident include:
Hussein Ali Yassine, 40, of Austin; Hadi Ali Yassine, 35, of Austin; Mohammed Ali Yassine, 38, of Austin; Marisse Marthe Ruales, 33; Nizar Hakiki, 32, of Austin; Karim Faiq, 29, of Manor, Texas; Amar Thabet Araf, 29, of Austin; Sami Derder, 38, of Pflugerville, Texas; Edgar Orsini, 40, of Cedar Creek, Texas; and Alejandro Melendrez, 42, of Austin.
On Tuesday, a federal grand jury returned a total of five indictments in connection with this investigation which contained conspiracy, as well as substantive, cocaine distribution and money laundering charges. According to those indictments, the defendants carried out their various schemes in 2007, 2008, and 2009. With respect to the money laundering indictment, defendants Hussein Ali Yassine, Hadi Ali Yassine, Mohammed Ali Yassine, and Ruales carried out their scheme in 2008 and 2009 and authorities believe that they used several business establishments located in downtown Austin to launder over $200,000 in cash, which they believed to be the proceeds of narcotics trafficking. Defendants Mohammed Ali Yassine and Nizar Kakiki are also charged with one count of transferring a firearm knowing that the firearm would be used to commit a drug trafficking crime. In addition to filing criminal charges, the government is seeking monetary judgements against the defendants totaling approximately $300,000 which represent property involved in the alleged offenses.
The 10 arrested defendants remain in federal custody pending detention hearings scheduled for Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Green in Austin. Upon conviction, maximum federal prison sentences for the defendants range anywhere from 20 years to life depending on the charge.
This investigation is being conducted by agents and investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Austin Police Department, together with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Attorney Generals Office, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and the Texas Comptrollers Office. Assistant United States Attorney Gregg N. Sofer and Jennifer Freel are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
“Investigators link nightclub owner, associates to drug deals, militant Islamic group, homicide case”
By Gary Dinges and Patrick George
Updated: 6:35 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Published: 10:17 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012
SNIPPET: “Arrested last week on money laundering and drug charges, Yassine Enterprises owner Hussein Ali “Mike” Yassine, his brother, Mohammed Ali “Steve” Yassine, and eight others appeared in federal court and heard more details about the cases against them.”
SNIPPET: “Officials linked one suspect to the Texas Syndicate prison gang. They also said thousands of dollars were transferred to a Yassine relative in Lebanon who is reportedly connected to the militant group Hezbollah, considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.”
“On Tuesday, a federal grand jury returned a total of five indictments in connection with this investigation which contained conspiracy, as well as substantive, cocaine distribution and money laundering charges.”
Thank you Hollywood for snorting all that cocaine and supporting terrorism.