I read stories like this and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.Â On the surface it’s almost funny but the underlying threat isn’t.
A man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to racketeering charges in connection with a scheme to buy cigarettes in North Carolina and then sell them in other states to raise money for the Hezbollah.
Nothing out of the ordinary here; just your typical arab gangster trying to make a quick buck for him, his cronies and Allah.Â
He was arrested in March and indicted, along with nine other men, in connection with a scheme to sell cigarettes, counterfeit rolling papers and counterfeit Viagra.
Counterfeit rolling papers?Â Isn’t that… like making counterfeit pennies?Â Really makes you wonder about these people.
Portions of the profits were funneled to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, the government claimed. U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy said the men conducted the operation from 1996 to 2004. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said 18 men were involved in the scheme overall.
It’s not funny though when you think of how many cells may be outÂ there exploiting our government loopholes and working our system to stuff the coffers of the ill-minded and self-destructive.