Turkish, Syrian men extradited to U.S. to face drug charges

October 28, 2016 02:18

US prosecutors on Thursday said two men from Syria and Turkey have been extradited to face criminal charges that they tried to sell military-grade weapons to purported Mexican drug traffickers to help them ship cocaine to the United States.

Turkish citizen Memet Gezer, 49, and Syrian citizen Saber Karimch, 50, were arrested by Montenegrin authorities in April and were extradited to the United States on Thursday to face charges filed in federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, between September 2015 and March 2016, Gezer and Karimch during recorded conversations with undercover US informants posing as Mexican drug traffickers agreed to supply them with machine guns, grenades and other weapons.

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