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U.S. Says Iranian General Instrumental In Afghan Drug Traffic

UN Office on Drugs and Crime head Yury Fedotov (right) and Iranian narcotics police chief Hamidreza Housein Abadi look at bags of Afghan-made morphine during a media tour in the city of Zahedan in July 2011.
UN Office on Drugs and Crime head Yury Fedotov (right) and Iranian narcotics police chief Hamidreza Housein Abadi look at bags of Afghan-made morphine during a media tour in the city of Zahedan in July 2011.
By RFE/RL
The United States has named a general in Iran's elite Al-Quds force as a key figure in trafficking heroin from Afghanistan.

The U.S. Treasury designated General Gholamreza Baghbani, who runs the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force office in Zahedan, near the Afghan border, as a narcotics "kingpin."

Baghbani is accused of aiding Afghan drug runners in moving opiates into and through Iran, as well helping send weapons to the Taliban.

The Treasury said in a statement that "U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with General Baghbani, and any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen."

With AFP reporting
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by: Senjo
March 08, 2012 02:24
Isn't the USG and its citizens already prohibited from doing busines with anyone in Iran?

by: Jack from: US
March 08, 2012 17:14
US government cooks up fabricated stories to mask the fact that US government itself is the biggest drug cartel in the world, controlled cocaine traffic from Colombia and Mexico, and trying to get control of heroine trade from Afghanistan.

by: Robert from: USA
March 09, 2012 15:00
Iran's support for terrorism, its pursuit of nuclear capability and weapons, and its influence with the Iraqi Kurdish region is a concern for the U.S. Drug money income pays for much of their terrorist operations. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran's use of ideology to achieve hardheaded national interest objectives based on extremist ideological goals is harmful to their citizen and the world. Robert at Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) News www.osintdaily.blogspot.com

by: Ali from: Spain
March 09, 2012 17:32
Oh yawn.. they've identified another corrupt and crooked official in that part of the world (it could have been Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Nicaragua or Russia, mind) So what? What is the point of this revelation? What are the US authorities going to do, name and shame him? The Middle East or Central Asia are likely full of these generals, colonels, colonel-generals, border guards, deputy-ministers etc.. who reek of involvement in some kind of malfeasance. They're called "public servants" and they are shameless - just like governments that do business with thieves and murderers when it suits them. Where is the news in this? Every day the world is becoming more rotten, and news bodies seem to be turning into insipid little whisperers.

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