US indicts Lebanese man for aiding Mexican cartel

December 14, 2011 00:28


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WASHINGTON  - US authorities accused a Lebanese drug kingpin Tuesday of allegedly helping to smuggle huge amounts of cocaine into the United States and laundering hundreds of millions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels.

Ayman Joumaa, 47, was accused of conspiring with others to help ship some 85,000 kg (187,400 pounds) of cocaine from Colombia from 2005 to 2007. He was also accused of helping launder more than $250 million in drug money for the Los Zetas drug cartel.

The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Virginia in late November and unsealed by a judge Monday. Joumaa is not in custody, according to prosecutors.

In January Joumaa, along with nine other people and 19 entities connected to his organization, were designated by the US Treasury Department as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers.

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