Piedmont men sentenced in cigarette smuggling operation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two men from the Piedmont are heading to prison for their role in a cigarette smuggling operation.
A federal judge sentenced Ziad Najjar of Greensboro to two years and Tha’er Ayyad of Kernersville to more than three years in prison.
Officials said Ayyad will be deported when he is released.
The men were convicted of being part of a ring that bought almost a half million cartons of stolen cigarettes for about half their retail value.
They then sold the cigarettes in North and South Carolina illegally, according to officials.
- Mom bites off dog's ear to save 2-year-old daughter during attack
- Man catches massive 805-pound shark, won't share his secret
- Randolph Co. middle school employee accused of sending obscene images to teenage girl
- NC girl kicked out of prom for wearing pants
- 'Ice Road Truckers' star accused of kidnapping prostitute, threatens to kill her over $1k