Taliban-Linked Heroin Kingpin Extradited to U.S.

OCTOBER 24, 2005 - Posted at 4:01 p.m. CDT

NEW YORK (AP) - He's being called one of the world's most powerful and dangerous drug kingpins.  And he once said selling heroin to Americans was like a "jihad."

Now he's in the United States to face trial.

Baz Mohammed is accused of smuggling more than $25 million of heroin from Afghanistan into the U.S. and other countries.

Karen Tandy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration told a news conference today that Mohammed's opium operation helped finance the Taliban.  In return, they protected him and his business.

And U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia adds that the aim of drug dealers like Mohammed is to destabilize Afghanistan's democracy and use profits of their heroin trade to support the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

A co-defendant of Mohammed's is currently awaiting trial.

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