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U.S. Indicts 11 for Smuggling, 3 Tied to Hizbollah

Eleven more people, including three with alleged ties to Hizbollah, have been indicted for their role in a cigarette smuggling scheme linked to the Middle East militant group, court documents showed on Tuesday. The indictment, issued by a federal grand jury in Detroit on Jan. 23 but unsealed on Tuesday, charged them with conspiracy to commit racketeering. Documents presented to the court on Tuesday to support a government request to keep three of the suspects detained detailed connections that the three had to Hizbollah. Two had Lebanese and American citizenship and one had Lebanese and Canadian. The papers linked Hassan Moussa Makki, 41, Elias Mohamad Akhdar, 30 and Salim Nemir Awde, 45, to Hizbollah and to Mohamad Hammoud, who was convicted on similar charges last year with his brother Chawki. Full Story

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