Members of Hezbollah’s European cell have been arrested for selling millions of dollars of cocaine in the U.S. and Europe to buy arms in Syria. Included in the arrests were the cells leaders, notably, Mohamad Noureddine, a specially designated global terrorist.
Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shiite terror group, loyal to Iran and fighting in Syria on the side of Syria’s beleaguered president Bashar al-Assad. The group was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. in 1997.
The arrests were announced by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Feb.1, however details did not include the number of terrorists arrested or the location of their arrests. However, officials said that the investigation leading to the arrests began a year ago and are ongoing. Seven countries were involved in the effort, including France, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
In a statement, the DEA said, "once again [this investigation] highlights the dangerous global nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism."
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