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U.S. Says Iranian General Instrumental In Afghan Drug Traffic

Source: RFE/RL

UN Office on Drugs and Crime head Yury Fedotov (right) and Iranian narcotics police chief Hamidreza Housein Abadi during a media tour in the city of Zahedan in July 2011.

The United States has named a general in Iran's elite Al-Quds force as a key figure in trafficking heroin from Afghanistan. The U.S. Treasury designated General Gholamreza Baghbani, who runs the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force office in Zahedan, near the Afghan border, as a narcotics "kingpin."

Baghbani is accused of aiding Afghan drug runners in moving opiates into and through Iran, as well helping send weapons to the Taliban.

The Treasury said in a statement that "U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with General Baghbani, and any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen."

With AFP reporting

Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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