US indicts alleged drug smuggler tied to Hezbollah
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have indicted a Lebanese national who they say is the leader of a massive international drug smuggling ring with links to the militant group Hezbollah and has allegedly raked in more than $850 million from drugs and money laundering.
An indictment charging Ayman Joumaa, also known as “Junior,” was unsealed late Monday in federal court in Alexandria. It alleges that Joumaa led a conspiracy to sell tons of Colombian cocaine to the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico, which ultimately sold the drugs in the U.S. Joumaa also allegedly laundered the proceeds.
Earlier this year, the Treasury Department designated Joumaa as a drug trafficker and said Hezbollah has profited from Joumaa’s network.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Alexandria said today that Joumaa is at large.