Up in smoke: Cigarette smuggling ringleader convicted; S.I. man was top lieutenant

From: silive.com

By Frank Donnelly

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Maryland man’s multimillion-dollar cigarette-trafficking scheme involving a top lieutenant from Midland Beach has gone up in smoke.


Last year, Staten Island resident Youseff Odeh, 54, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and enterprise corruption in connection with the scam, online records show. Odeh claimed to have sold 15,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes worth about $780,000 to three customers alone in 2013, authorities said.


Odeh, a supporter of the blind cleric, Omar Abdel Rahman, who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is currently serving a sentence of two to six years in prison, according to online records of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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