July 28 2011 – Separate DEA Operation Culminates In Arrest Of Heroin
And Weapons Trafficker From Kandahar, Afghanistan, For
Taliban-Related Narco-Terrorism Conspiracy
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and MICHELE M. LEONHART, the Administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), announced the unsealing of two indictments resulting from two DEA narco-terrorism undercover operations: first, an indictment against SIAVOSH HENAREH, BACHAR WEHBE, and CETIN AKSU for conspiring to provide various forms of support to Hizballah; second, an indictment against TAZA GUL ALIZAI (“GUL”) for narco-terrorism conspiracy, narco-terrorism, and heroin importation related to his supplying of 15 kilograms of heroin and six AK-47 assault rifles to a DEA confidential source whom GUL believed represented the Taliban. HENAREH and AKSU were arrested yesterday in Bucharest, Romania, where they were detained pending extradition to the United States.
WEHBE and GUL were detained yesterday in the Republic of the Maldives, pursuant to an International Red Notice issued by Interpol. They arrived in the Southern District of New York early this morning and will appear later today in Manhattan federal court.