U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which claims that its first priority is identifying and removing alien terrorists, has again failed to execute its self-identified primary mission. Other federal agencies shut down a Lebanese terrorism funding operation based around used car dealerships. Again, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is in the lead, based on its performance based intelligence and enforcement activities.
Interestingly enough, the terrorists were undoubtedly involved in heroin smuggling as well, the reason for the initial involvement of the DEA, but with ICE wasting its resources on hunting down marijuana growers, someone had to step in.
ABC News December 16, 2011 (A little old, but news to me)
More than two dozen U.S. car dealerships were allegedly involved in an international half-billion-dollar money laundering scheme for Lebanon-based Hezbollah, a group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, federal officials said.
Federal agents served restraining orders and grilled employees at as many as 30 used car dealerships around the country, as part of a civil case that also named a Lebanese bank and two exchange houses as part of the plot.
According to a 62-page complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the scheme involved the purchases of used cars in the U.S. for shipment and sale abroad with funds provided by the banks, currency exchanges and associates of the Lebanon-based terrorist group.
The restraining orders are intended to seize the assets of all of the used car dealerships named in the federal complaint, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. "We`re looking to shut down this trade-based money laundering scheme," DEA agent Derek Maltz told ABC News. "And we`re looking to take the profits away from Hezbollah and other terror groups around the world."
The complaint alleges that banks in Lebanon wired over $300 million into the U.S. for the purchase and shipment of used cars to West Africa. Proceeds from those sales were then allegedly funneled back to Lebanon to support Hezbollah causes.
Illegal aliens were undoubtedly involved as well, but ICE failed to take action. Obviously not one of their priorities arresting illegal alien Muslim terrorists.