2 men from Africa plead guilty in US terror case

April 17, 2012 - 9:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men from the African country of Mali have admitted in a New York court to engaging in drug dealing in support of Colombian terrorists.

Harouna Toure and Idriss Abdelrahman (EE'-drihs ahb-dehl-RAH'-muhn) pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

In December 2009, the two men, along with their associate, Oumar Issa (OO'-mahr EE'-sah), were charged with agreeing to transport cocaine through West Africa in an effort to support al-Qaida and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Toure and Adbdelrahman each face up to 15 years in prison at their sentencing, which was set for July.

Issa pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to nearly five years in prison.