Skip to comments.Cigarette smuggler gets 155 years
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.
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.
Full Text of Paper in .pdf format.
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