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February 2, 2016 10:55 am

DEA Busts Hezbollah Drug-Money Network Funding Terrorism in Syria, Lebanon

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Hezbollah terrorists.  The DEA uncovered a major drug trafficking scheme by Hezbollah to fund terrorist activities in Syria and Lebanon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Hezbollah terrorists. The DEA uncovered a major drug trafficking scheme by Hezbollah to fund terrorist activities in Syria and Lebanon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Monday that an international operation has led to the arrests of members of a Hezbollah terror cell in Europe involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

According to the DEA, the Lebanese terrorist group uses the money it makes from the sale of cocaine in the U.S. and Europe to fund the purchase of weapons for use in Syria, where Hezbollah is fighting to preserve the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A DEA statement said the “ongoing investigation spans the globe and involves numerous international law enforcement agencies in seven countries, and once again highlights the dangerous global nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism.”

The DEA said Hezbollah members have established business relationships with South American drug cartels.

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“These drug trafficking and money laundering schemes utilized by the Business Affairs Component [of Hezbollah] provide a revenue and weapons stream for an international terrorist organization responsible for devastating terror attacks around the world,” DEA Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley said. “DEA and our international partners are relentless in our commitment to disrupt any attempt by terrorists and terrorist organizations to leverage the drug trade against our nations. DEA and our partners will continue to dismantle networks who exploit the nexus between drugs and terror using all available law enforcement mechanisms.”

Among those arrested, the most prominent figure was Mohamad Noureddine, whom the DEA described as a “Lebanese money launderer who has worked directly with Hezbollah’s financial apparatus to transfer Hezbollah funds via his Lebanon-based company Trade Point International S.A.R.L. and maintained direct ties to Hezbollah commercial and terrorist elements in both Lebanon and Iraq.”

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  • Jonah

    Hezbollah has evidentely lost it favor with the U.S. Since it is fighting for the wrong side. Watch very carefully and as Isis fills the void left by Hezbollah let’s see if arrests are made to stifle their involvement with illicit drugs. They are all cutting the drug with a flesh eating chemical. So they are accomplishing two tasks at once that of destroying the great Satan and other western powers while funding their terrorist activities. One way to stop the American antisemitic madness on the campuses would be to give all the flag waving Palestinian agitators pharmaseutical cocain suppositories they would then develope warm and loving feelings for mankind that does not involve the caliphate and sharia law. In fact bags of cocain leaves should be parachuted and dropped over all the masques in America, Palestine and the rest of the world then the jihadists would have an impelling desire to raise llamas as all 80 year old woman do in Peru as they chew their leaves and enjoy their grandchildren.