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AP News in Brief U.S. Brings Charges in Two Drugs-for-Weapons Terrorism Plots
Associated Press via TBO.com ^
| Nov 6, 2002
Posted on 11/06/2002 4:53:30 PM PST by snippy_about_it
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials announced charges Wednesday involving alleged plots to sell drugs to finance weapons purchases for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization and a Colombian paramilitary group. The separate cases show the threat to national security from the "toxic combination of drugs and terrorism," Attorney General John Ashcroft said.
One set of charges involves a plot by four people, two of them Houston-based, to trade $25 million in cocaine and cash for a huge cache of weapons to be sent to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, as the 8,000-member paramilitary group is known by its initials in Spanish.
In the second case, three people are charged with trying to sell heroin and hashish to buy four shoulder-fired Stinger anti-aircraft missiles for the al-Qaida terror network. An indictment says the al-Qaida link was provided by the suspects themselves.
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; auc; columbia; fbi; terrorism; waronterror
The earlier thread about this in breaking news turned immediately into a WOD thread and there was no posting of the news story content. I searched and couldn't find an actual article containing the detail.
These guys needed someone like Oliver North to pull off their drugs and weapons deal. All they lacked was CIA approval and a fair cut. Other than that the Iranians could have maybe helped out too.
Been there, done that. Bought the "T" shirt.
posted on 11/06/2002 5:11:19 PM PST
al Qaeda ping.
posted on 11/06/2002 6:00:09 PM PST
Wonder why these drugs are so valuable.
Thanks for the heads up!
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