How NDLEA works with US to arrest Pakistani drug baron

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The U.S. Government on Thursday revealed how it had with
assistance from Nigerian relevant agencies successfully extradited U.S.
indicted defendant Muhammad Khalid Khan to the U.S.

The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos said that Khan was
arrested at the request of the U.S. Justice Department in Nigeria pursuant to a
federal arrest warrant issued in New York.

“The U.S. Department of Justice with the assistance of the
Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice, the Central Authority Unit (CAU), and the
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has successfully extradited U.S.
indicted defendant Muhammad Khalid Khan to the U.S.

“Khan was arrested at the request of the U.S. Justice
Department in Nigeria pursuant to a federal arrest warrant issued in the
Southern District of New York.

“The U.S. Department of Justice heavily depended and relied
on the support and professionalism of Nigerian law enforcement in coordinating
the successful arrest and extradition of khan,” it said in a statement.

It added that Khan, who was extradited on April 28 this
year, was being charged with attempted narcotics importation, conspiracy to
import a controlled substance into the U.S., and international money
laundering.

The consulate general said that Khan had been involved in
drug trafficking and money laundering network responsible for trafficking drug
narcotics to the U.S., Australia, Africa and Europe.

“Muhammad Khalid Khan controlled an international drug
trafficking and money laundering network responsible for trafficking narcotics
to the U.S., Australia, Africa and Europe.

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“His money laundering network was widespread throughout the
U.S. Australia, Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia.

“Muhammad Khalid KHAN has been the target of multiple DEA
investigations, including those conducted by international DEA Offices in
Lagos, Nigeria, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Sydney in Australia.

“He has been the target of domestic offices in New York and
the DEA Special Operations Division, as well international partnerships with
the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police,” it said.

According to the consulate general, if convicted, Khan would
face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a mandatory minimum sentence
of 10 years in prison on Count One.

It added that if convicted he would also face a maximum
sentence of 20 years on each of Counts Two and Three.

The consulate general also said that the U.S. Justice
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would continue to work
with the Nigerian Ministry of Justice and law enforcement partners.

It said that more collaborative effort was needed in
identifying and bringing to justice transnational criminal organisations
determined to saturate communities with illegal and dangerous controlled
substances around the world.

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