Thursday, April 30, 2009

Curacao drug ring linked to Hezbollah

Seventeen people have been arrested in for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking ring, which is believed to be connected to the militant Hezbollah organisation in Lebanon.

The police say 4 people from Lebanon are among the suspects.

The others are said to be from Curacao, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia.

According to Police Chief Carlos Casseres some of the proceeds of the drug ring went towards supporting groups linked to Hezbollah.

The smuggling ring is also alleged to have forwarded requests from Lebanon for arms to be shipped from South America.

The authorities in Curacao say the United States and the Netherlands are helping them to investigate the alleged Hezbollah connection.



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