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DHS: China, Iran, Russia attempting to illegally obtain American technology

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Speaking to ABC News, Jim Mancuso, the assistant director of the Global Trade Division at Homeland Security Investigations, stated that Iran’s drones recovered on the battlefield in Ukraine and the Middle East have “sensitive U.S. communications systems, and they have sensitive microelectronics.” Mancuso added that Iran, China, and Russia were trying to “illegally acquire” American technology.

He went on to add that anti-American forces are using an “extensive network” to obtain American technology out of the country, in violation of international export laws.

Through specialized “procurement networks,” these regimes are repacking goods and transferring them through Beijing to get to places like Tehran, according to the DHS official. Some of the technology, according to Mancuso, is being exported and found in ordinary household items such as radios and microchips.

“They’re going to go to China, and then from China, they’re going to be loaded on an Iranian aircraft, and they’re going to be flown to Iran,” Mancuso told ABC News. The official noted that the DHS is looking at Russian networks operating in this country and that the agency knows that they are “repackaging sensitive U.S. equipment and is going onward to further the Russian war effort [in Ukraine].”

Mancuso said U.S. officials were targeting the “procurement networks,” and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) begin when U.S. technology and materials are discovered where they should not be. “We’re always trying to stay one step ahead,” he told ABC News.

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’

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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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