New York law enforcement late Wednesday busted a smuggling ring, consisting
of suspected members of Hamas and Hezbollah, that has been funneling millions of dollars of funds to terrorist organizations from the sale of tax-free cigarettes, the New York Daily News reported citing local law enforcement officials.
to the report, The New York state attorney general and the New York
Police Department (NYPD) arrested 16 members of the group.
The ring had infiltrated the market with the sales of
over one million cartons of tax-free cigarettes smuggled from Southern
states, where they were bought at cheaper prices, legal authorities were reported as saying .