Piedmont men sentenced in cigarette smuggling operation

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Jail stock photo

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.