WASHINGTON, D.C. (6/30/12) - On June 22 Shiraz Malik, 34, an alleged international drug trafficker, was extradited from the Czech Republic to Sacramento, California.
Malik faces criminal charges connected to a wide-ranging drug trafficking organization he controlled that used the Internet and front companies in Europe to sell various drugs and controlled substances to customers worldwide. He was arrested at the Prague International Airport on September 8, 2011, following a lengthy investigation that included undercover meetings in three European countries.
According to the indictment, Malik sold pharmaceuticals, drugs, and highly regulated chemicals to customers in the U.S. and elsewhere and conspired to launder the profits of that activity. DEA agents learned of two Internet websites that were offering to sell and illegally import into the U.S. pharmaceutical drugs and regulated chemicals. These sites referred customers to email addresses associated with Malik. Undercover agents then purchased pharmaceutical drugs, ephedrine, ketamine, heroin and other drugs and they were shipped to agents in California.
Undercover agents also met with Malik posing as U.S.-based illegal drug dealers and had discussions about future purchases. Orders were taken via the Internet and drugs were sent from Pakistan to the “customers.” Malik also sold large quantities of ephedrine to one or more customers in Mexico, the country of origin for most of the methamphetamine sold in the United States.
Information provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
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