Not very surprising, this revelation has been coming for some time now. Since jihadists have to raise money for terrorism, and their bank assets are frozen, they turn to the drug trade. Much like their brothers in terror The Taliban.
Islamic terror group Hezbollah has been linked to a Colombian drugs cartel, it has been revealed.
More than 100 suspects were arrested in the South American country and overseas on charges they trafficked drugs and laundered cash for Colombia’s Norte del Valle cartel and the outlawed paramilitaries.
The network that stretched from South America to Asia, the attorney’s general office said.
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‘The criminal organization used routes through Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, Middle East and Europe, bringing in cash from the sale of these substances,’ the statement said.
Among those arrested in Colombia were three people suspected of coordinating drug smuggling to send some of their profits to groups such as Hezbollah, the office said.
Those suspects — Chekry Mahmoud Harb, Ali Mohamad Abdul Rahim and Zacaria Hussein Harb — used front companies to send drug cash overseas, it said without providing further details.
Colombia, a key U.S. ally, remains the world’s No. 1 cocaine producer, although over the last seven years Washington has sent more than $5 billion in aid that has helped weaken the country’s FARC rebels and reduce violence from its conflict.
Washington has often complained that Iran-backed Hezbollah and other Islamic groups that it considers terrorist organizations are active in Arab communities in South American countries such as Brazil and Venezuela.
Washington complains because they ARE involved in South America, and in Mexico, much closer to home. I have been in Sao Paulo where people fear to go into certain areas.