Feds: Taliban supporter charged in drug sting

July 26, 2011 - 11:29 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration in New York has arrested several men overseas, including a man they say who agreed to support the Taliban in Afghanistan through drug sales.

Taza Gul Alizai was one of four men charged with conspiracy in a case announced Tuesday by federal authorities in Manhattan.

An indictment accuses Taza Gul of selling assault rifles and heroin to a DEA confidential source. Authorities say the source purported to be a broker of weapons and narcotics who said the proceeds of the sale of the narcotics would ultimately be given to the Taliban.

Three others charged in a separate indictment were accused of agreeing to sell narcotics to a DEA source, knowing that the individual would use profits to support Hezbollah.