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A Brooklyn man who was indicted for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes in Eltingville has reportedly flown overseas and did not appear at his arraignment in state Supreme Court, St. George. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — He left on a jet plane, and authorities want a Brooklyn man accused of selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island back here again.

But whether or not Moatasem Okal returns from Jordan is another matter.

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