Voice of America Interview

Voice of America interviewed me about China’s role in the opioid crisis. The video interview will be produced soon.

Here’s the article in Mandarin Chinese:

https://www.voachinese.com/a/opioid-china-20170905/4016464.html

Here’s a rough English translation, using Google Translate:

CHINA

New Opium War: China ‘s Fatal Exports

September 6, 2017

Opioids

WASHINGTON –

Every day, an average of 100 Americans died of opioid overdose. Last month, President Chuanpu announced the country’s entry into the “state of emergency” of opioid abuse. In this “unprecedented” crisis, China is an important part, because most of the synthetic opium drugs, made in China, exported from China, especially the highly toxic fentanyl. Law enforcement officers said there is more and more fentanyl through mail into the United States, to challenge the law enforcement.

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China-US Cooperation and the New Opium War

I’m quoted several times in today’s article in The Diplomat, discussing China’s cooperation with the US in combating opioids.

http://thediplomat.com/2017/08/china-us-cooperation-and-the-new-opium-war/

CNN Declassified

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.

The DEA commando-style units that captured a heroin ‘godfather’

By Thom Patterson, CNN

Updated 8:25 AM ET, Thu August 10, 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/10/world/afghanistan-war-opium-heroin-facts-declassified/index.html

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.

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Watch my Appearance on CNN Declassified

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.

 

Understanding Narco-Terrorism

Burning seized drugs in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2005. Photo by Jeffrey James Higgins.

American Thinker

By JeffreyJames Higgins

Published on June 13, 2017

To defeat terrorism, the United States should use federal criminal laws to aggressively target narco-terrorists. While narco-terrorism is frequently mentioned in the news, it is rarely explained properly, and as a result, many skeptics doubt its impact. Understanding how drug trafficking fuels terrorism is necessary to craft effective counterterrorism policy and to triumph in the global war on terror.

Narco-terrorism describes the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism. This term covers a wide spectrum of behavior, but there are four primary types of narco-terrorism. As a special agent with the DEA, I investigated narco-terrorism for over a decade. After the narco-terrorism law was enacted in 2006, I made the first, precedent-setting arrest for narco-terrorism and I was the case agent for the first two narco-terrorism convictions. The link between narcotics trafficking and terrorism is significant and has been repeatedly proven in court. Continue reading “Understanding Narco-Terrorism”