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Narcotics and Counterfeit Goods Operation Linked to Terrorism

The Los Angeles Times reports that a dozen people were arrested yesterday on charges of narcotics trafficking, money laundering and selling counterfeit goods after a two-year counter-terrorism and drug investigation centered in Los Angeles’ downtown garment district.

The link between drug smuggling and counterfeit goods operations with the financing of terrorist activities is well known in the law enforcement community.

The Times’ Greg Krikorian notes: “Five years ago, in an interview with The Times, Asa Hutchinson, then the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said authorities were examining dozens of domestic drug cases with potential links to Islamic terrorists, including a methamphetamine ring allegedly tied to Hezbollah.”

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Marty Ficke blogs primarily on federal law enforcement matters, with a particular expertise in financial crime, counterfeit goods, smuggling and conspiracy operations in port. Read More