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US busts Nigerian-based Pakistani drug baron – what you need to know

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US busts Nigerian-based Pakistani drug baron – what you need to know

The United States Justice Department through the Nigerian Ministry of Justice has successfully extradited an international drug trafficker, Muhammad Khalid Khan to the US.

According to the US Consulate General in Lagos, the 31 year old Pakistani, is part of a drug trafficking and money laundering network operating across the US, Australia, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. “He has been the target of domestic offices in New York and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Special Operations Division, as well international partnerships with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.’’

What you need to know:

  • Nigeria’s drug law enforcement agency, NDLEA, worked with their US counterparts in Lagos to uncover Khan’s Lagos-based narcotics transportation network which helped to distribute Heroin from Southwest Asia to global markets.
  • Khan has 3 charges against him in the USA (Southern District of New York) and could face life imprisonment or spend up to 50 years in prison if found guilty: (1) Attempted Narcotics importation – 10 years min; (2) International Promotional Money Laundering – 20 years max; and (3) International Concealment Money Laundering – 20 years max.

Endorsement: The US had high praise for the role of the Nigerian officials in helping to extradite the drug baron. “The U.S. Department of Justice heavily depended and relied on the support and professionalism of Nigerian law enforcement in coordinating the successful arrest and extradition of khan.

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