A man arrested in Delaware in the takedown of an alleged East Coast cigarette smuggling ring that authorities believe may have funneled money to terrorist groups is being held on $12.5 million cash bail.
Adel Abuzahrieh of Staten Island, N.Y., is being held Friday at the Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown, two days after troopers arrested the 47-year-old during a traffic stop on Route 1 near Milford.
Police say they found 201 cases of cigarettes in the box truck he was driving and seized between $15,000 and $20,000 in cash.
Abuzahrieh is awaiting extradition to New York.
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The two reputed leaders of the smuggling ring, brothers Basel and Samir Ramadan, remain in custody at the Worcester County, Md., jail after being arrested Wednesday.