|The Yassine brothers|
The brothers, and other defendants, operated nine bars in downtown Austin, and were engaged in laundering drug profits through those businesses; some of the defendants have narcotics charges filed against them.
Two interesting points from the case:
(1) The defendants' uncle, who according to US law enforcement, lives in Lebanon and is linked to Hezbollah, a designated global terrorist organisation, received regular payments from them.
(2) the principal Confidential Informant (CI) in the case, who was a relative of the defendants, reportedly received $344,000 for his services in the case.
|US District Court at sentencing|
* United States vs. Hussein Ali Yassine, et al, Case No.: 12-cr-00105-SS (WD TX).