Jun. 10, 2016
Hizbullah Moving Tons of Cocaine from Latin America to Europe to Finance Terror Operations – Guy Taylor (Washington Times)
Former Drug Enforcement Administration operations chief Michael Braun told the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday that Hizbullah is “moving tons of cocaine” from South America to Europe and has developed “the most sophisticated money laundering scheme or schemes that we have ever witnessed.”
Hizbullah has “metastasized into a hydra with international connections that the likes of [the Islamic State] and groups like al-Qaeda could only hope to have.”
The agency announced in February that it had arrested several Hizbullah operatives working with a major Colombian drug cartel to traffic drugs to Europe and launder money through Lebanon.
Immigration officials identified at least a dozen Middle Eastern men smuggled into the U.S. by a Brazilian-based network that connected them with Mexicans who guided them to the U.S. border.
Those smuggled included Palestinians, Pakistanis and an Afghan man who Homeland Security officials said had family ties to the Taliban and was “involved in a plot to conduct an attack in the U.S. and/or Canada.”