Written by Luís Nhachote
Translated by Francisco Chuquela
“From Kenya and Mozambique to London and New York… Hafeez didn’t see boundaries or limits in drug operations” so was how Joon Kim, the Manhatam prosecutor in New York, described the arrest of Muhammad Asif Hafeez, 58 years old, Last Friday in London, UK.
Of Pakistani origin, Hafeez, also known as “The Sultan” was on the list of citizens with alleged connections to drug trafficking under the authority of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the United States of America, engaged in “hunting” of this type of individuals.
Weigh on Hafeez accusations of being a supplier of heroin to the “Akasha” organization based in Kenya. Muhammad Asif Hafeez, 58, is expected to be extradited from London to New York where he will be tried by a federal court and sentenced to a prison term of 30 years or more.
The authorities of the most powerful nation of the world claim that the Sultan has trafficked drugs on a large scale and globally, “working with transnational criminal organizations to manufacture and distribute huge amounts of heroin and methamphetamine worldwide and to the United States” as Said Joon Kim in a statement that the FirPrimeira Mão accessed from the website of DEA.
The network and the mention of Mozambique…
There are others detained in connection with this network and among them is Ibrahim Akasha. He is one of four suspected drug smugglers based in Kenya, who is currently being tried in New York State.
Ibrahim Akasha will have handed out a one-pound heroin sample on behalf of Hafeez to a DEA secret agent in Nairobi in 2014.
In a previous indictment involving the four Akasha associates is stated that one of the four, Vijaygiri “Vicky” Goswami, had told a US secret agent that “The Sultan” was the number one supplier of white heroin in the world. “
Hafeez is alleged to have told Goswami to establish a methamphetamine factory in Mozambique.
Mr. Goswami, a 55-year-old Indian citizen, is described by US prosecutors as the manager of the Akasha narcotics network and in 2015 was arrested and released on bail in Kenya.
The US authorities claim that the plan to mount the narcotics factory in Mozambique for subsequent shipment to the US and other countries will have been abandoned in 2016.
Much of this substance was intended to be used in the drug factory that Mr. Goswami and Mr. Hafeez agreed to create in Maputo, the Mozambican capital, according to the indictment.
Mr. Goswami was extradited from Kenya to New York in January, along with co-defendants Baktash Akasha, the alleged leader of the drug trafficking network, his brother Ibrahim Akasha and Gulam Hussein, a Pakistani national.
The four suspects in custody in New York say that they have conspired to transport 98 kilograms of heroin to the United States.
The Akasha brothers, Mr. Goswami and Mr. Hussein face potential life sentences. Their trial is due to begin in a few months.
Mozambique an appetizing destination for narco-industry…
On 6th April of this year, the Mozambican authorities dismantled a mandrax factory, which was installed in a leased house in Mussumbuluco neighborhood in the municipality of Matola, Maputo province.
Five individuals who were caught red-handed producing 50 kilograms of this drug were immediately detained.
According to the spokesman of Mozambican police (PRM) in Matola, Fernando Manhiça quoted by the “Notícias” newspaper at the time, the drug had been produced in that place for about three months.
The detainees include four Mozambicans and one Zambian, but both with residences in South Africa. In 2014, in the same municipality, where the largest industrial park in the country resides, another factory after discovery by the Police of the Republic of Mozambique, was dismantled and the alleged owner was released days later by way of a deposit. In early 2000, a joint operation between the Mozambican and South African authorities dismantled a Mandrax factory. The investigation, which culminated in the dismantling of the factory, was led by the Mozambican inspector Jorge Miguel and the South African part of the then national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi, who died only a few years after being convicted of having accepted bribes from one convicted drug dealer.