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  Kislev 18, 5772 , 14/12/11

U.S. Indicts Lebanese Drug Lord with Ties to Hizbullah

A Lebanese national, who U.S. authorities say is the ringleader of a vast international drug smuggling ring with links to the Hizbullah terror group, was indicted Tuesday on drug and money laundering charges, The Associated Press reported.

The indictment against 47-year-old Ayman Joumaa, who is currently at large, alleges he led a conspiracy that, among other activities, sold nearly 100 tons of Colombian cocaine to the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico between 2005 and 2007 that was ultimately smuggled into the United States.

Earlier this year, the Treasury Department designated Joumaa as a drug trafficker and said Hizbullah profited from his network.

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