Man admits to trying to buy anti-aircraft missiles
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Syed Mustajab Shah admitted to conspiring to distribute heroin and hashish and to receive as partial payment for the drugs four Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.
Shah acknowledged he and his co-defendants Muhamed Abid Afridi and Ilyas Ali intended to sell the weapons to the Taliban. The men considered the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to be one in the same.
According to an indictment, the men traveled in mid-September 2002 from Karachi, Pakistan to Hong Kong. There they met with undercover American law enforcement officers to negotiate the sale of heroin and hashish for the four anti-aircraft missiles.
The men were arrested later that month.
Shah is due to be sentenced in June.
Amita Sharma, KPBS News.
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