Sunday, April 1, 2012

We just bust 'em, OK?

I'm on the email list for news from the FBI and the DEA. This just in from the DEA:

Haji Bagcho, One of World’s Largest Heroin Traffickers, Convicted  

On March 13 Haji Bagcho, an Afghan national with ties to the Taliban, was convicted of conspiracy and distribution of heroin for importation into the United States and narco-terrorism charges. The investigation by DEA revealed that Bagcho was one of the largest heroin traffickers in the world, manufacturing the drug in clandestine laboratories along Afghanistan’s border region with Pakistan.  Proceeds from his heroin trafficking were then used to support high-level members of the Taliban to further their insurgency.

During a search a ledger was discovered that catalogued Bagcho’s activities during 2006 and reflected heroin transactions of more than 123,000 kilograms, worth more than $250 million.   Based on heroin production statistics compiled by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime that year, the defendant’s trafficking accounted at that time for approximately 20 percent of the world’s total production.

“One of the world’s most prolific drug traffickers reign has come to an end,” said DEA Administrator Leonhart.  “Now Haji Bagcho will serve time behind bars on the same soil he sought to destroy with his drugs, and whose troops he sought to kill through his support to the Taliban. DEA stands committed to stopping narco-traffickers like Bagcho and their funding of terror.”


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