Chawki Hammoud

Charge Date: Wed Mar. 28, 2001
Investigation Type(s):Informant, Sting
Charges:Contraband tobacco, Criminal conspiracy, Fraud/financial crimes, Immigration violations, RICO/racketeering
Outcome:Found guilty
Convictions:Contraband tobacco, Criminal conspiracy, Immigration violations, RICO/racketeering
State:North Carolina
Alleged Affiliation:Hezbollah

Hammoud, his brother Mohamad, and Said Harb ran a $7.8 million cigarette smuggling ring linked to Hezbollah. They purchased bulk cigarettes in North Carolina and sold them in Michigan for a profit. He was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

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