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Cigarette smuggler gets 155 years
Agence France-Presse ^ | March 8, 2003

Posted on 03/08/2003 2:18:11 PM PST by Indy Pendance

THE first person convicted under a law that bars aid to terrorists appealed his 155-year prison sentence for heading a cigarette smuggling ring and sending $US3,500 ($5,708) in profits to the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah.

Attorneys for Mohamad Hammoud, 29, of Charlotte, filed an appeal yesterday in US District Court, contending Judge Graham Mullen imposed an excessive sentence on February 28.

Hammoud was convicted on 16 counts in June. Mullen sentenced him to a series of consecutive prison terms.

Hammoud was the mastermind of a scheme to bring cigarettes from North Carolina, where they are taxed relatively lightly, to Michigan for resale.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Michigan; US: North Carolina; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/08/2003 2:18:12 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
Bump.

Cigarette smuggling from law tax jurisdictions to high tax jurisdictions is one of the major engines of organized crime today.

A few weeks back the CATO Institute issued a policy analysis on this topic that reads like a crime novella.

Executive Summary

Full Text of Paper in .pdf format.

2 posted on 03/08/2003 3:51:14 PM PST by Fixit (http://comedian.blogspot.com)
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To: Fixit
make "law tax" into "low tax"...
3 posted on 03/08/2003 3:51:48 PM PST by Fixit (http://comedian.blogspot.com)
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To: Indy Pendance
I don't care if he got the money selling Girl Scout Coolies. The reason he should be behind bars is that he was sending the money to Hamas. Note to anyone else wanting to support terrorists: Hamas is a terrorist group and you could end up with a 155-year prison sentence as well. Oh, and don't drop your soap in the shower.
4 posted on 03/08/2003 3:57:30 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty" not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Indy Pendance
'Charity' money aided terrorists, agent claims

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/858378/posts
5 posted on 03/08/2003 3:59:40 PM PST by Deadeye Division
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