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The U.S. has officially accused a prominent Lebanese businessman of money laundering and drug trafficking along with five other individuals and 11 companies.The Treasury said the Lebanese and German individuals provide support for narcotics trafficking and money laundering activities conducted by Lebanese-Colombian drug trafficker and money launderer Ayman Saied Joumaa, key Joumaa associate Hassan Ayash, and the Joumaa criminal organization, which has ties to Hezbollah.An employee in one of Abou Merhi's offices told The Daily Star that his lawyers intend to issue a statement soon denying all the allegations slapped by the U.S. Treasury. She added that all of Abou Merhi's branches and offices were operating normally until now. The Treasury said Abou Merhi has business dealings with previously designated members of the Joumaa drug trafficking and money laundering organization.
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