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(Oct. 22, 2018) Samir and Basel Ramadan, who were were taken into custody last week after the Department of Homeland Security and local allied law enforcement agencies served a fugitive from justice search warrant on a residence in Oyster Harbor, were both denied bond on Friday and voluntarily waived extradition to New York.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and OCPD joined a federal multi-agency raid on a West Ocean City residence Wednesday morning which is linked to the Ramadan family.

Social media video posted by an adjacent neighbor recorded the sunrise operation and said the loud voices of law enforcement agents serving a search warrant shattered the early morning quiet.

Worcester County property records show a pair of homes on Whisper Trace Drive, in the Oyster Harbor neighborhood in West Ocean City, are deeded to Samir Ramadan.

In May 2013, brothers Samir and Basel, now 45 and 47, were arrested after Homeland Security officers and investigators from New York raided their Oyster Harbor residences in connection with an alleged multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling operation.

In October 2015, Basel Ramadan was indicted and sentenced to between four and 12 years, along with 15 other defendants, on 198 counts, including enterprise corruption and money laundering.

In the 2013 bust, police reported removing trash bags containing about $1.4 million from Basel Ramadan’s home.

According to New York court documents Basel Ramadan was paroled on May 17, 2017.

Updates on the story will be posted on this paper’s website at www.oceancitytoday.com.

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