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Afghan Heroin Trafficker Sentenced To Life In U.S. Jail

A U.S. court in Washington has sentenced Afghan national Haji Bagcho to spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison after he was convicted of conspiracy, distribution of heroin, and narco-terrorism.

U.S. prosecutors said Bagcho's drug-trafficking network in eastern Afghanistan produced hundreds of thousands of kilograms of heroin for transport to countries around the world.

Bagcho, whose sentenced was handed down on June 12, had denied the charges.

His sentence also includes the forfeiture of more than $254 million in alleged profits from drug transactions.

The U.S. Justice Department described Bagcho as "one of the world's most prolific drug traffickers who helped fund the Taliban."

Bagcho was apprehended in Afghanistan in May 2009 and extradited to the United States.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP