My interview with CNN and the CNN Declassified episode about the capture of the world’s most prolific heroin trafficker were postponed last week because of news coverage of the riots in Charlottesville.
Both my interview and the airing of Heroin’s Godfather: Haji Baghco have been rescheduled for Saturday, September 9th, starting at 8:50 p.m.
I hope you can watch.
By Thom Patterson, CNN
Updated 8:25 AM ET, Thu August 10, 2017
Program note: Learn about the daring operation by a special DEA team who captured one of the world’s biggest heroin kingpins in Afghanistan on CNN’s Original Series “Declassified”Saturday, August 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
(CNN)In 2005, the US Drug Enforcement Administration embarked upon an unprecedented operation: to capture the man they described as “the most prolific drug dealer in the world.”
His name is Haji Bagcho, and the DEA described him as a “criminal mastermind” of one of the largest heroin operations in Afghanistan. Agency sources said he had been dealing heroin and opium — both derived from the poppy plant found in the region — since the early 1990s.
By the mid-2000s, the ties between heroin and terrorism were growing. This prompted the DEA for the first time to form special commando-style units called Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Teams (FAST), and then deploy them to Afghanistan alongside US troops fighting the war against Taliban forces.
Continue reading “The DEA commando-style units that captured a heroin ‘godfather’”
On Saturday, August 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET, CNN Declassified will air Catching a Global Godfather of Heroin.
This episode explores the arrest and conviction of Haji Bagcho, the world’s most prolific heroin trafficker and a significant Taliban benefactor. I explain the magnitude of Bagcho’s drug trafficking organization and his jihad against America.
I’m also scheduled be interviewed by CNN Anchor Ana Cabrera five or ten minutes before the episode airs, so tune in and watch.