OCEAN CITY — One of two Ocean City residents indicted by a New York grand jury in May 2013 in a vast multi-million cigarette smuggling and money laundering enterprise was sentenced this week to a maximum of six years in prison.
Samer Ramadan, 41, of Ocean City, last week pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption, the top charge against him for his role in the massive cigarette smuggling scheme. Back in Kings County, N.Y. Supreme Court on Monday, Ramadan was sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison and a minimum of two years. Another co-conspirator, Youssef Odeh, last week pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption and second-degree conspiracy for his role in an alleged murder-for-hire plot targeting witnesses in the case and was also sentenced this week to a maximum of six years and a minimum of two.
In May 2013, federal officials concluded an investigation into a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling operation based in and around the resort area with raids on two locations including the West Ocean City homes of local residents and business owners Basel Ramadan, 43, who has been called the “ringleader” and Samer Ramadan, who is being called the operation’s “enterprise treasurer.” Also indicted were 14 other alleged co-conspirators, from transporters to distributors to resellers, who were rounded up at locations all over the mid-Atlantic region on the same day as the federal raids in the Ocean City area.