Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced the provisional arrest of 58-year-old Muhammad Asif Hafeez, aka “Sultan,” on Friday. London law enforcement provisionally arrested Hafeez pursuant to charges filed in New York Friday.
Hafeez allegedly drug trafficked in methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursor chemicals and heroin on a global and massive scale. He partnered with transnational criminal organizations to distribute and manufacturer massive quantities of methamphetamine and heroin into the United States and around the world, according to court documents.
Hafeez and co-conspirators attempted to create a methamphetamine production facility in Mozambique, but abandoned their plan after 18 tons of ephedrine was confiscated from a Solapur, India-based factory by law enforcement authorities, according to court records.
Co-defendants in the case include:
Ibrahim Akasha Abdalla
Baktash Akasha Abdalla, leader of “Akasha Organization,” an organized crime family
Vijaygiri Anandgiri Goswami
Hafeez was charged with importing methamphetamine into the U.S., knowing and intending that it would be imported in the U.S. and aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin. Each charge carries a minimum 10-year imprisonment.