Accused Md. Cigarette Smuggler Charged In N.Y. Murder-For-Hire Plot

Editor’s Note: See also Armed Cigarette Smuggling/Money Laundering Redux.

From: AP via CBS Baltimore 13

NEW YORK (AP) — Scheming to scuttle a major cigarette-smuggling case that spanned from Virginia to New York, an accused ringleader plotted behind bars to get witnesses killed, authorities said as they announced new charges against him.

While in New York City’s Rikers Island jail, Basel Ramadan gave an informant details in August about two people he believed were cooperating with authorities and he wanted dead, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said in unveiling the new charges Thursday.

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