US charges four in drug, terrorism operations

July 26, 2011 23:34

NEW YORK - US prosecutors on Tuesday announced drug and terrorism charges against four men arrested in sting operations meant to disrupt links between international militants and criminal groups in the drug trade.

Documents unsealed in Manhattan federal court detailed two separate US Drug Enforcement Administration operations targeting Afghanistan's Taliban and the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah.

The charges highlighted "the growing nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism," Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara told reporters.

In the operation targeting Hezbollah, two of the men told people secretly working for the US anti-drug agency that they wanted to purchase anti-aircraft missiles and handguns for the group, court documents said.

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