Editor’s Note: See also Primeiro Comando da Capital and Hezbollah Strengthen Deadly Ties, Insisten en que contrabando de cigarrillos financia a Hezbollah, and Will Menthol Cigarettes Become Hezbollah’s Newest Cash Cow?
From: Derek Maltz/Center for a Secure Free Society
For Full coverage of the event “The Crime-Terror Convergence: Countering Hezbollah’s Growing Criminal Empire in Latin America,” held March 22, 2018 in the Rayburn House Office Building.
On January 11, 2018, the Justice Department announced the creation of a new Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team (HFNT). Netting hundreds of millions of dollars annually through trafficking cocaine and opioids, and laundering the illicit proceeds through used cars and cigarettes, Lebanon’s “Party of God” has morphed into a sophisticated crime-terror empire with significant presence in Latin America. Join us for a special discussion with U.S. national security experts on how to successfully address the growing convergence of international terrorism and transnational organized crime.
Mr. Derek Maltz – Former Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division (2005-2014)
Mr. Charles “Sam” Faddis – Retired CIA Operations Officer and former chief of the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center’s WMD Unit Mr. Joseph M. Humire – Executive Director of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) Vanessa Neumann- President of Asymmetrica, author of Blood Profits Moderated by: Mr. J.D. Gordon – SFS Senior Fellow for Public Affairs