WASHINGTON - A dramatic expansion in nuclear and military smuggling investigations should lead to a flood of new criminal cases, primarily against Iranian and Chinese middlemen, US law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.
US officials said they are investigating 30 percent more cases this year than three years ago. US agencies have deployed agents posing as arms brokers at more than 20 undercover companies targeting smugglers, said the officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
Undercover arms smuggling investigations typically take two to four years to unfold, one of the officials said, which is why he expects an increase in indictments soon.
"We've got some good undercover cases going," a senior US official said.