Specialists and U.S. authorities confirm the link with terrorist Ayman Joumaa Zetas
laundering and weapons training are the main points in the relationship between Mexican drug cartels and alleged international terrorist groups operating in the country as Hezbollah.
Although not confirmed links between drug trafficking and terrorist groups by Mexican authorities, according to experts and a review by the Strategic Studies Institute United States Army War College was raised otherwise.
The presence in our country last year, a member of Hezbollah and two suspected members of the terrorist group also put on alert Mexican authorities and the United States.
According to a study by the international analyst Douglas Farah, in recent years there has been a relationship that involves just business and money laundering between the cartel Los Zetas and the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
The report, which cites U.S. authorities, notes that Los Zetas have the same money launderer Hizbollah: it is a Lebanese criminal named Ayman Joumaa, 48, who is known to have coordinated in collaboration with the Mexican cartel , smuggling of cocaine from Colombia through Central America and Mexico.
In December 2011 the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia said Joumaa is the axis that does business between Los Zetas and Hezbollah without any ideological relationship between the two criminal organizations.
It was on December 12 of that year when, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its acronym in English), the U.S. government filed charges against Ayman Joumaa, on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.
The indictment alleges that he and his accomplices introduced drugs from Colombia to Mexico to Los Zetas and the proceeds would be sent and laundered worldwide to finally be placed on business or accounts belonging to Hezbollah.
According to DEA sources quoted at the time, the criminal activities of Joumaa, who is linked to Hezbollah, facilitated the work of “numerous global drug trafficking organizations, including the criminal activities of the cartel Los Zetas . “
The latest reports from the DEA said the Lebanese citizen in Colombia, currently washing over 200 million dollars a month to support the financing of Hezbollah.
During a hearing before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate in March 2012, General Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, noted that the Treasury Department had found connections between two criminal groups.
According to the statements, Ayman Joumaa washed about 850 million to Los Zetas through a Canadian bank, and was also accused of smuggling tons of cocaine.
“Although we have not yet seen any international terrorist groups attempt to capitalize on these routes of transfer, we vigilant of the potential threat that transnational criminal organizations collaborate to introduce terrorists,” said Fraser.
For Senator Arturo Zamora Jimenez, who in 2011 denounced Hezbollah’s presence in our country, based on information from the U.S. House of Representatives, it is certain that there are terrorist groups that movement that are conducting training processes criminal groups.
Hezbollah is a political and military power of the Islamic Shia of Lebanon.
It was designated as a foreign terrorist organization in October 1997 and as a threat to the peace process in the Middle East in January 1995.