Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Treasury: These Narc Traffickers Are Also 'Specially Designated Global' Terrorists...

...do not buy your drugs from these men!

The Treasury Department today designated two Afghan narcotics traffickers operating in Helmand and Kandahar Provinces as Specially Designated Global Terrorists for providing financial and logistical support to the Taliban. Haji Agha Jan Alizai, who has managed one of the largest drug trafficking networks in Helmand, and Saleh Mohammad Kakar, a narcotics trafficker who has run an organized smuggling network in Kandahar and Helmand Provinces, were both designated today pursuant to Executive Order 13224. This Order freezes any assets the designees have under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with them.

“Both Haji Agha Jan Alizai and Saleh Mohammad Kakar are dangerous individuals whose operations pose a grave threat to efforts to stabilize Afghanistan,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey. “Today's action, building on the President's identification of Alizai as a Drug Kingpin in June, is aimed at further disrupting the financial networks of these individuals who are fueling the insurgency in Afghanistan.”

Haji Agha Jan Alizai
Identified as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker by President Obama under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act in June 2010, Haji Agha Jan Alizai has provided funds to the Taliban in exchange for protection of his narcotrafficking activities. In 2008, a group of narcotics traffickers, including Alizai, paid the Taliban tax on land where opium was planted in return for transportation for narcotics materials organized by the Taliban. The Taliban also agreed to provide security for the narcotraffickers and their storage sites, while the traffickers would provide shelter and transportation to Taliban fighters.

Alizai has also been involved in the purchase of weapons for the Taliban and has traveled to Pakistan regularly to meet with senior Taliban leaders. He has facilitated the procurement of fraudulent Iranian passports by Taliban members in order to travel to Iran for training. In 2009, Alizai helped acquire Iranian visas for Taliban members and provided a passport and funds to a Taliban commander to travel to Iran.

Saleh Mohammad Kakar
Saleh Mohammad Kakar's smuggling network in Kandahar and Helmand Provinces has actively supported the Taliban's logistical and financial needs. Prior to his arrest by Afghan authorities, Kakar operated heroin processing laboratories in the Band-e Timor area of Kandahar Province that were protected by the Taliban. Kakar has been in contact with senior Taliban leaders, collected cash on their behalf from narcotraffickers, and managed and hid Taliban money belonging to senior Taliban members. Kakar was also responsible for facilitating tax payments to the Taliban on behalf of narcotraffickers, and he provided the Taliban with vehicles for use in suicide attacks from a car dealership that he owned.

Identifying Information:

AKA: Saleh Mohammad
DOB: 1962
POB: Nulgham Village, Panjwai District, Kandahar, Afghanistan

AKA: Agha Jan Alizai
Address: Musa Qala, Helmand, Afghanistan
Address: Dand Chowk, Kandahar City, Afghanistan
Alt. DOB: 15 October 1963
Alt. DOB: 14 February 1973
Alt. DOB: 1957
POB: Khandahar, Afghanistan
Alt. POB: Helmand Province, Afghanistan

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