US sanctions two as aides to Mumbai drugs kingpin

The US has named and sanctioned two key lieutenants of Ibrahim in his notorious D Company operation.

Afp May 16, 2012

WASHINGTON: The United States named two top aides to Mumbai drugs kingpin, Dawood Ibrahim, as key drug traffickers on Tuesday and placed sanctions on them aimed at constricting their access to global business and financial networks.

The Treasury Department said Indian nationals Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim "Tiger" Memon are key lieutenants of Ibrahim in his notorious D Company operation, which smuggles narcotics around South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

It said Mumbai-born Shakeel, 57, coordinates D Company dealings with "other organised crime and terror groups".

Memon, 52, controls D Company's businesses across South Asia and is also wanted by Indian authorities for alleged involvement in the Mumbai bombings of 1993, which were tied closely to Ibrahim.

The bombings, targeted at Hindus, killed more than 250 people.

"Drug trafficking activities of D Company include the smuggling of heroin and hashish from Afghanistan and Thailand to the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa," the Treasury said.

The official designation of the two as narcotics traffickers by the Treasury bans Americans and US businesses from engaging in business of any kind with them and freezes any assets they might have on US property.

Ibrahim has been designated a global terrorist by the United States since 2003 and a major drug dealer since 2006.


Sexton Blake | 9 years ago | Reply

@Zalmai: Dear Zalmai, I cannot prove one way or another whether you are correct or not. The problem we have is that if someone is breaking the law they do not put their hand up and say "it was I". However, if we consider that Afghans do not particularly stand out as top international business men, and that heroin has a first class, international distribution network one has to wonder who the top people are, who is financing the Afghan heroin trade, and who is distributing it. As an adjunt to this discourse there is no argument that American troops closely guard the poppy growing areas. I think their reasoning or supposition is that they are protecting the Afghan farmers. Whatever reasons they have, an illegal crop is being grown in full view of American/NATO forces, and in the ten years they have been in residence the Afghan opium crop has gown from practically zero to 90 percent of world output.

Zalmai | 9 years ago | Reply

@Sexton Blake

That is the dumbest thing I ever heard. First of all, Afghans don't need any help from anyone to grow poppy. Secondly, the notion of C-130 military aircraft transporting drugs is so preposterous it is down right funny. Finally, Dawood Ibrahim is a nobody, that is why he is still alive we have caught and killed bigger fish like Pablo Escobar.

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