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Del. Police Arrest Suspect in Reputed Smuggling

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- A man arrested in Delaware in the takedown of an alleged East Coast cigarette smuggling ring that authorities believe may have funneled money to terrorist groups is being held on $12.5 million cash bail.

Adel Abuzahrieh of Staten Island, N.Y., is being held at Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown on Friday, two days after troopers arrested the 47-year-old during 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.

Abuzahrieh is awaiting extradition to New York.

The two reputed leaders of the smuggling ring, brothers Basel and Samir Ramadan, remain in custody at the Worcester County, Md., jail after being arrested Wednesday in Ocean City.

Authorities said Basel Ramadan, 42, and his 40-year-old brother allegedly obtained cigarettes from a wholesaler in Virginia and smuggled the untaxed cartons to a storage facility in Delaware.

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