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February 02, 2017 10:35
Indian national charged with smuggling drugs into US

An Indian national, who was extradited to the United States from Kenya, has been charged for his participation in a major narcotics importation scheme from suppliers in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said Vijaygiri Anandgiri Goswami  55-year-old along with Baktash Akasha 40-year-old, Ibrahim Akasha 28-year-old and a Pakistani citizen Gulam Hussein 61-year-old, were charged for their participation in a narcotics importation conspiracy and were brought to the United States from Kenya.

Following a request from the United States they four were charged with four counts of conspiring to import drugs and methamphetamine into the US.

Each count carries a minimum prison sentence for 10 year and a maximum sentence of life in prison. They four were arrested in Mombasa, Kenya on 2014 November.

They were charged in a superseding indictment with narcotics importation offenses based on their delivery of 99kg of heroin and two kilograms of methamphetamine in Kenya, which they intended would be imported into the US.

Bharara said the four ran a drug trafficking organization in Kenya with their global ambitions to distribute tons of narcotics - heroin and methamphetamine - around the globe, including to the United States.

From March 2014 through the date of their arrested, it is conspired that the four men have imported a large quantities of drugs into the United States.

Baktash Akasha is the leader of an organized crime in Kenya, which responsible for the production and distribution of large quantities of drugs within Kenya and throughout the African continent.

It is alleged that Goswami managed the whole drug business of Akasha along with the production and distribution of methamphetamine and the procurement and distribution of heroin.

Hussein was a long-time associate of Goswami, who headed a transportation network that distributes massive quantities of drugs throughout the Middle East and Africa, and also has acknowledged the responsibility for transporting tons of kilograms of drugs by sea.

For several months the defendants supplied multi-kilograms of drugs to individuals they thought were the representatives of a South American drug-trafficking organization, but in fact they were working confidentially under the supervision of the Drug enforcement Administration.

They negotiated on behalf of the Akasha Organization and agreed to procure and distribute hundreds of kilos of drugs from their suppliers in Afghanistan and Pakistan and also to produce and distribute hundreds of kilograms of methamphetamine, which they thought would be imported into the United States

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