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Published: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:11:56 -0700

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Middle East: Bustling Gulf City Finds It Has Imported a Drug

Fri, 05 May 2006 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 05 May 2006 - BUSTLING GULF CITY FINDS IT HAS IMPORTED A DRUG PROBLEM DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The man jiggled in his chair and faced his counselor, recounting matter-of-factly his dark slide into drug abuse.



Middle East; Web: US Seizes 'Al-Qaeda Drug Boat'

Fri, 02 Jan 2004 08:00:00 GMT

BBC News, 02 Jan 2004 - The US navy has intercepted a boat carrying drugs near the Gulf in what it says is a suspected al-Qaeda drugs trafficking operation. Fifteen people on board the vessel were arrested and the navy said it had found hashish with a street value of $11m hidden in compartments on board.



Middle East: Taliban Thugs Still Bullion-Aires

Tue, 03 Sep 2002 07:00:00 GMT

New York Post, 03 Sep 2002 - September 3, 2002 -- Financial officers of al Qaeda and the Taliban have quietly shipped large quantities of gold out of Pakistan to Sudan in recent weeks, transiting through the United Arab Emirates and Iran, according to European, Pakistani and U.S. investigators. Sources said several shipments of gold, usually disguised as other products, were taken by small boat from the Pakistani port of Karachi to either Iran or Dubai, and from there mixed with other goods and flown by chartered planes to Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.



Middle East: AL Qaeda Gold Moved To Sudan

Tue, 03 Sep 2002 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 03 Sep 2002 - Iran, U.A.E. Used as Transit Points Financial officers of al Qaeda and the Taliban have quietly shipped large quantities of gold out of Pakistan to Sudan in recent weeks, transiting through the United Arab Emirates and Iran, according to European, Pakistani and U.S. investigators.



Middle East: AL Qaeda, Taliban Said To Stash Gold In Sudan

Tue, 03 Sep 2002 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 03 Sep 2002 - WASHINGTON - Financial officers of Al Qaeda and the Taliban have quietly shipped large quantities of gold out of Pakistan to Sudan in recent weeks, transiting the United Arab Emirates and Iran, according to European, Pakistani, and US investigators. The investigators said several shipments of boxes of gold, usually disguised as other products, were taken by small boat from the Pakistani port of Karachi to Iran or Dubai, and from there mixed with other goods and flown by chartered airplanes to Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.



Middle East: Money Trail: Al-Quida Gold Moved Through Iran to

Tue, 03 Sep 2002 07:00:00 GMT

Union Leader, 03 Sep 2002 - Financial officers of al-Qaida and the Taliban have quietly shipped large quantities of gold out of Pakistan to Sudan in recent weeks, transiting through the United Arab Emirates and Iran, according to European, Pakistani and U.S. investigators. The sources said several shipments of boxes of gold, usually disguised as other products, were taken by small boat from the Pakistani port of Karachi to either Iran or Dubai, and from there mixed with other goods and flown by chartered airplanes to Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.



Middle East: DEA Investigation Links FIrst Illegal Drug Profits

Mon, 02 Sep 2002 07:00:00 GMT

The Gadsden Times, 02 Sep 2002 - WASHINGTON - Federal authorities have amassed evidence for the first time that an illegal drug operation in the United States was funneling proceeds to Middle East terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Evidence gathered by the Drug Enforcement Administration since a series of raids in January indicates that a methamphetamine drug operation in the Midwest involving men of Middle Eastern descent has been shipping money back to terrorist groups, officials said. "There is increasing intelligence information from the investigation that for the first time alleged drug sales in the United States are going in part to support terrorist organizations in the Middle East," DEA administrator Asa Hutchinson said. DEA officials said the men, most of whom were indicted on drug charges after their January arrests, were smuggling large quantities of the chemical pseudoephedrine from Canada into the Midwest. Officials said the smuggling went through two primary Midwest locations, Chicago and Detroit, and involved several men with ties to Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon and other Middle East countries. There is no evidence that any of the money was connected to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said. Pseudoephedrine is used in some popular cold and allergy medications. It is an essential ingredient in the creation of methamphetamine, a powerful and increasingly popular drug known on the streets as "ice," "poor man's cocaine" or "crystal meth." Users generally inject or smoke meth. The powdery substance is produced by heating about a dozen chemicals. The U.S. drug ring was reselling pseudoephedrine to Mexican-based drug operations in the Western United States that used the pseudoephedrine to produce methamphetamine, authorities said. The Middle Eastern men then were diverting some of the proceeds from the pseudoephedrine sales back to the Middle East to accounts authorities have begun to connect to terrorist groups, DEA officials said. Some of the connections involved the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, and some of the money has been traced to accounts in Lebanon and Yemen, officials said. DEA officials said U.S. authorities don't know yet how much money was funneled from the drug sales to the terrorist groups, but said the pseudoephedrine sales alone amounted to millions of dollars. "A significant portion of some of the sales are sent to the Middle East to benefit terrorist organizations," Hutchinson said. The drug ring was broken up Jan. 10 as part of a massive DEA investigation called Operation Mountain Express, which has smashed several major methamphetamine operations in the last two years. Arrests were made in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Phoenix and several California cities. The raids have resulted in criminal charges against 136 people and the seizure of nearly 36 tons of pseudoephedrine, 179 pounds of methamphetamine, $4.5 million in cash, eight real estate properties, and 160 cars used by the drug gangs. Hutchinson has been warning for months that illegal drug money provides a compelling opportunity for terror groups to siphon support from the United States, but the DEA investigation provided the first evidence of a direct flow of money. The evidence of the terror ties emerged after the arrests. U.S. authorities said it is possible some defendants charged with drug violations could face additional charges. The Bush administration has been stepping up efforts to stem the flow of money and items from sympathizers in the United States to foreign terror groups under a law that prohibits providing "material support and resources" to known terrorist organizations. Six men who lived in the United States were indicted last week on charges they conspired to provide such support to al-Qaida or related terrorist causes. Federal agents believe they have uncovered a broad effort by American residents, many of them legal immigrants or visitors, to us[...]



Middle East: The Drug Connection

Mon, 01 Oct 2001 07:00:00 GMT

Knoxville News-Sentinel, 01 Oct 2001 - Long before he became Public Enemy No. 1, Osama bin Laden was waging a different kind of war on Americans and their Western allies. Since the mid-1990s, while the spotlight shone on cocaine cartels in Latin America, bin Laden fortified a drug-trafficking network that provided major revenues for Afghanistan's Taliban regime - and financed his al Qaeda network of terrorism.