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CA: 12 arrested in counter-terrorism and drug-trafficking investigation
The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Posted on 11/08/2007 9:20:28 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

More indictments are expected in the probe, which has centered on L.A.'s garment district.

A dozen people were arrested Tuesday 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 focus of the federal investigation was Ali Khalil Elreda, 32, who was detained at Los Angeles International Airport last year, accused of trying to smuggle $120,000 in money orders and cashier's checks, hidden in a child's toy, to Lebanon, according to an indictment and an affidavit filed in the case.

In 2005, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official showed a Senate committee a picture of a tattooed shop owner who had been arrested the year before on charges of selling counterfeit high-fashion merchandise. The tattoo was a symbol of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed guerrillas operating in Lebanon.

In his testimony, Lt. John Stedman, a top supervisor in the department's emergency operations bureau, did not identify the shop owner. Stedman was not involved in the most recent investigation.

But two law enforcement sources said Tuesday that the merchant was Elreda.

Elreda and Hussein Saleh Saleh, 37, both of Bell, were charged in one of two indictments returned in the case with conspiring to smuggle cash out of the United States.

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.

During the recent Los Angeles investigation, law enforcement authorities allegedly seized 30 kilograms of cocaine and counterfeit clothing worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; US: California; War on Terror
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1 posted on 11/08/2007 9:20:30 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Jihad fundraising in America BumP


2 posted on 11/08/2007 9:22:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICEís toll-free tip hotline ó1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: jveritas; Grampa Dave; Cindy; NormsRevenge; Marine_Uncle
H/T to the Counter Terrorism Blog for pointing to this:

Hezbollah Financing Through Criminal Activity

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By Matthew Levitt

A two-year counterterrorism and drug investigation culminated earlier this week with the arrest of a dozen individuals in Los Angeles. Authorities reportedly seized 30 kilograms of cocaine and counterfeit merchandise valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the LA Times, at least one of the suspects is tied to Hezbollah and was referenced - though not by name - in 2005 congressional testimony by an official with the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

I testified at that hearing as well. As I noted then, Hezbollah depends on a wide variety of criminal enterprises, ranging from smuggling to fraud to drug trade to diamond trade in regions across the world, including North America, South America, and the Middle East, to raise money to support Hezbollah activities.

In the United States, law enforcement officials are investigating a variety of criminal enterprises suspected of funding Middle Eastern terrorist groups, including the stealing and reselling of baby formula, food stamp fraud, and scams involving grocery coupons, welfare claims, credit cards, and even unlicensed t-shirts sales. U.S. officials believe "a substantial portion" of the estimated millions of dollars raised by Middle Eastern terrorist groups comes from the $20 million to $30 million annually brought in by the illicit scam industry in America. A senior U.S. law enforcement official concluded, "There is a significant amount of money moved out of the United States attributed to fraud that goes to terrorism."

Hezbollah and other terrorist groups also traffic narcotics in North America to fund their activities back in the Middle East. A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into a pseudoephedrine smuggling scam in the American Midwest led investigators as far as Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, and other Middle Eastern countries, including bank accounts tied to Hezbollah and Hamas. DEA chief Asa Hutchinson confirmed, "a significant portion of some of the sales are sent to the Middle East to benefit terrorist organizations."

Long before al Qaeda was suspected of converting cash into easily transportable commodities like diamonds, Hezbollah learned to raise significant funds by dealing in so-called 'conflict diamonds' in Sierra Leone, Liberia , and Congo.

The full testimony can be found here.


3 posted on 11/08/2007 9:24:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It was cigarettes a few years back in North Carolina or such, Hezbollah I think it was, a pretty good sized group too as I recall.

nothing would be too surprising these days.


4 posted on 11/08/2007 9:28:31 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICEís toll-free tip hotline ó1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: BurbankKarl; A CA Guy; Brad's Gramma; lainie; pollywog; John Jorsett; doug from upland; blam; ...

Right here in our home town.


5 posted on 11/08/2007 9:29:11 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Excellent news, yes Hizballah terrorist group has perfected the art of raising illegal funds in the US to send it back to the their headquarters in Lebanon.
6 posted on 11/08/2007 9:29:38 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m sure the mayor will get right on it.........


7 posted on 11/08/2007 9:29:53 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Mother of the Bride here, treat me with respect for once, will ya? ;))
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To: NormsRevenge

Wonder what they are into in your area?


8 posted on 11/08/2007 9:30:04 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

The Mayor is likely looking for his next .....lovely lady !


9 posted on 11/08/2007 9:32:32 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW...................ick.


10 posted on 11/08/2007 9:36:15 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Mother of the Bride here, treat me with respect for once, will ya? ;))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

this is what’s been going on in Oz:

http://www.australian-news.com.au/Tim_Priest.htm

The rise of Middle Eastern crime groups in NSW (Excerpt)

It was about 1995 to 1996 that the emergence of Middle Eastern crime groups was first observed in New South Wales. Before then they had been largely known for individual acts of anti social behaviour and loose family structures involved in heroin importation and supply as well as motor vehicle theft and conversion. The one crime that did appear organised before this period was insurance fraud, usually motor vehicle accidents and arson. Because these crimes were largely victimless, they were dealt with by insurance companies and police involvement was limited. But from these insurance scams, a generation of young criminals emerged to, become engaged in more sophisticated crimes, such as extortion, armed robbery, organised narcotics importation and supply, gun running, organised factory and warehouse break ins, car theft and conversion on a massive scale including the exporting of stolen luxury vehicles to Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries...


11 posted on 11/08/2007 9:41:07 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good question.

dope probably.
industrial espionage perhaps.
china needs competition yaknow.


12 posted on 11/08/2007 9:43:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICEís toll-free tip hotline ó1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I bet they gave to Hillary too


13 posted on 11/08/2007 9:58:01 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...

“Ali Khalil Elreda”

Probably from Leichtenstein.


14 posted on 11/08/2007 10:01:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, November 8, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BurbankKarl
trying to smuggle $120,000 in money orders and cashier's checks, hidden in a child's toy, to Lebanon,

They kept a big amount for themselves...

15 posted on 11/08/2007 10:03:52 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey I’m watching the Warriors and the Mavericks going at it on TNT....talk about a blistering speed of a BB game....they are picking up right where they left off last year in the playoffs.,...


16 posted on 11/08/2007 10:11:04 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Fred Nerks

These are some bad guys...they need to go back home!


17 posted on 11/08/2007 10:18:53 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Wonder what they are into in your area?"

Jewelery?

18 posted on 11/08/2007 10:30:03 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Starting a new career as a comedian I see.
19 posted on 11/08/2007 10:33:04 PM PST by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: blam

Well they are haulinfg money home to help do in the Jews....and anyone else that gets in their way!


20 posted on 11/08/2007 10:36:47 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thank you for the ping Ernest_at_the_Beach.

#

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1919875/posts?page=403#403

http://truthusa.com/a/index.php?topic=1051.0


21 posted on 11/08/2007 10:40:40 PM PST by Cindy
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To: B4Ranch

Well, we DO have a strike going on you know...and a girl can ALWAYS use an extra dime.....

Go to bed, B4. ;) :)


22 posted on 11/08/2007 10:48:11 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Mother of the Bride here, treat me with respect for once, will ya? ;))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Fantastic! We got ourselves a fund-raising cell. Now that’s something to write home about - those quiet bloodsuckers are hard to track down.


23 posted on 11/08/2007 10:51:12 PM PST by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Their crawling through the weeds. And the many home grown converts are probably more sinister. They appear to be just good old fashion Americans. And the mosques just continue to be built.


24 posted on 11/09/2007 6:55:40 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Perhaps it was mentioned in the article, but which groups are working with these terrorists to supply them with the drugs? Nobody wants to talk about the connections between the drug cartels, the Mexican/US governments’ border policies, and these US-based terrorists.


25 posted on 11/09/2007 9:29:20 AM PST by VanShuyten ("Believe me or not, his intelligence was perfectly clear...But his soul was mad.")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

but instead of focusing on protecting the citizens, the LA City Council chooses to snort coke, chase girls other than wives, and give money away to a “firefighter” who was traumatized by dog food in his pasta sauce...


26 posted on 11/09/2007 10:17:35 AM PST by Republicus2001
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