US hails Nigeria for extraditing alleged Pakistani drug dealer

The United States Department of Justice has commended Nigerian security agents for aiding the arrest and extradition of a Pakistani, Muhammad Khan, said to have been indicted in the US for drug offences and money laundering.

The US Consulate General said, in a statement on Thursday, that the professionalism of the Nigerian security agents was instrumental in the arrest of 31-year-old Khan and his subsequent extradition from Nigeria to America on April 28, 2019.

It particularly praised the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and its chairman, Muhammad Abdallah, for collaborating with the US justice department and prosecutors from the Central Authority Unit, in operations leading to Khan’s successful extradition to the US.

“The United States Department of Justice heavily depended and relied on the support and professionalism of Nigerian law enforcement in coordinating  the successful arrest and extradition of Khan, who is charged with attempted narcotics importation, conspiracy to import a controlled substance into the US, and international money laundering.

“Muhammad Khalid Khan controlled an international drug trafficking and money laundering network responsible for trafficking narcotics to the US, Australia, Africa and Europe.  His money-laundering network was widespread throughout the US, Australia, Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia.

“Muhammad Khalid Khan has been the target of multiple DEA investigations, including those conducted by international DEA Offices in Lagos, Nigeria, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Sydney, Australia, and domestic offices in New York and the DEA Special Operations Division, as well as international partnerships with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,” the statement read.

It added that security agents began investigating Khan, who was based in South-West Asia, in October 2017.

“Over the course of several investigations, Khan was found to be responsible for trafficking multi-kilogramme quantities of heroin and the importation of said heroin into the United States and Australia, the statement said.

It added that Khan was wanted in the US to face three counts bordering on “international promotional money laundering; and international concealment money laundering.”
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