Drug lord is first Afghan extradited to US Joshua Pantesco at 8:03 PM ET
[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday announced [US DOJ statement] the first US extradition of an indicted criminal from Afghanistan. Baz Mohammad, designated a "foreign drug kingpin" under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Act of 2005 [official overview] on June 1 2005, was described by US DOJ officials as a "Taliban-linked narco-terrorist". According to an unsealed indictment filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, he is accused of controlling large Afghan opium fields and importing more than $25 million worth of heroin into the US since 1990. If convicted, Mohammed faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. The US Attorney's office has issued a press release.
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