US extradites two for selling classified guns to drug cartel
NEW YORKU.S. prosecutors on Oct. 27 said two men from Syria and Turkey have been extradited to face criminal charges that they tried to sell military-grade weapons to purported Mexican drug traffickers to help them ship cocaine to the U.S., Reuters reported.
Turkish citizen Memet Gezer, 49, and Syrian citizen Saber Karimch, 50, were arrested by Montenegrin authorities in April 14 and were extradited to the United States on Oct. 27 to face charges filed in federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors said. According to prosecutors, during recorded conversations with undercover U.S. informants posing as Mexican drug traffickers between September 2015 and March 2016, Gezer and Karimch agreed to supply them with machine guns, grenades and other weapons. Gezer and Karimch sought the deals with the understanding that the weapons would be used to protect cocaine shipments as they traveled from Mexico for distribution in the United States, prosecutors said. Gezer also offered to sell the agents large amounts of U.S. currency at a fraction of its value in the belief that it could be used to launder money for the traffickers, prosecutors said