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A Lebanese man accused of trying to use ties to Hezbollah to undertake a scheme to launder drug money pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to launder money Friday in a New York federal court. U.S. prosecutors said Joseph Asmar, 43, of Beirut, entered his plea at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Eric Vitaliano. Asmar was arrested in Paris in October 2015 and then extradited to the U.S. 14-months later.Undercover U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents posing as drug traffickers held multiple meetings with Asmar and Lebanese businesswoman Iman Kobeissi.The case is U.S. v. Asmar, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, No. 15-cr-00491 .
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