Skip to comments.CA: 12 arrested in counter-terrorism and drug-trafficking investigation
Posted on 11/08/2007 9:20:28 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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 ...
Jihad fundraising in America BumP
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 Sheriffs 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.
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.
Right here in our home town.
I’m sure the mayor will get right on it.........
Wonder what they are into in your area?
The Mayor is likely looking for his next .....lovely lady !
this is what’s been going on in Oz:
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...
industrial espionage perhaps.
china needs competition yaknow.
I bet they gave to Hillary too
“Ali Khalil Elreda”
Probably from Leichtenstein.
They kept a big amount for themselves...
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.,...
These are some bad guys...they need to go back home!
Well they are haulinfg money home to help do in the Jews....and anyone else that gets in their way!
Thank you for the ping Ernest_at_the_Beach.
Well, we DO have a strike going on you know...and a girl can ALWAYS use an extra dime.....
Go to bed, B4. ;) :)
Fantastic! We got ourselves a fund-raising cell. Now that’s something to write home about - those quiet bloodsuckers are hard to track down.
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.
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.
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...