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US Busts Hezbollah Drug, Money-Laundering Scheme

Hezbollah banner hanging on an outside wall (Photo: flickr/peaceworker46)

While Iran is the major backer of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization - and will be able to back them even further now that sanctions have been eased - the terror group has its own sources of income, as well. However, Israel Hayom reports that one of these sources - a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme - has been busted by U.S. DEA:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Monday that an international operation had led to the arrests of members of a Hezbollah cell in Europe involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

According to the DEA, the Lebanese terrorist group uses the money it makes from the sale of cocaine in the U.S. and Europe to fund the purchase of weapons for use in Syria, where Hezbollah is fighting to preserve the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A DEA statement said the "ongoing investigation spans the globe and involves numerous international law enforcement agencies in seven countries, and once again highlights the dangerous global nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism."

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