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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 | AP

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.
1 posted on 11/06/2002 4:53:30 PM PST by snippy_about_it
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To: snippy_about_it
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.

2 posted on 11/06/2002 5:11:19 PM PST by Lysander
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To: Alamo-Girl
al Qaeda ping.
3 posted on 11/06/2002 6:00:09 PM PST by anymouse
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To: snippy_about_it
Wonder why these drugs are so valuable.
4 posted on 11/06/2002 6:24:22 PM PST by Jonathon Spectre
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To: anymouse
Thanks for the heads up!
5 posted on 11/06/2002 8:41:21 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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