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Two Ocean City business owners charged with heading up a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling ring with alleged ties to terrorist organizations face another appearance in a New York courtroom on Monday.

Basel Ramadan, 42, and his brother Samir, 40, are due in Kings County Supreme Court for what the New York Attorney General's office is calling a control date.

Possible pre-trial motions and bond appeals will be heard in the next step in what is expected to be a long legal process.

Prosecutors say Basel Ramadan was ringleader of a 16-person gang, which flooded New York with 20,000 cartons of cigarettes per week purchased on Virginia's Eastern Shore, thus cheating the state of New York out of more than $80 million in tax revenue.

Ramadan is being held without bond; his younger brother, presumed to have been the group's treasurer, had his bond set at $15 million at a hearing on June 4.

Each member of the group faces up to 25 years in prison.

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