Trump prioritizes fight against Iran-backed narcoterrorist network Obama neglected: DEA official
The Trump administration is prioritizing the threat posed by Hezbollah and the rest of Iran’s terrorist proxy network in ways President Barack Obama's administration never did, said the DEA’s top narcoterrorism agent.
According to the The Washington Institute, John Fernandez is the DEA's assistant special agent in charge of the Special Operations Division's Counter-Narcoterrorism Operations Center, in which role he oversees interagency support to field investigations concerning Hezbollah's global criminal support network.
Watch his discussion of the DEA's approach to countering Hezbollah's logistics, procurement, and revenue network at their Policy Forum on January 9, 2020 below.
According to the Washington Examiner, “The DEA official pointed to ramped-up coordinated efforts from his agency as well as Customs and Border Protection and the Treasury Department and said he thought that, when comparing the Trump and Obama strategies, the ‘more robust approach has had a bigger effect and a bigger impact on the overall criminal network” and “a more positive effect for our national security.’”
"We've been able to remove & their criminal financiers from the playing field" per @DEAHQ's Fernandez, citing #Taliban drugs lords as an example— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) January 9, 2020
DEA has "the largest law enforcement presence overseas & most importantly a vast & extremely well-placed global source network"
"#Hezbollah's criminal support network taps into the global Lebanese diaspora - it's all over the world" per @DEAHQ's Fernandez "...consists of Hezbollah members, affiliates, sympathizers...as well as other national and criminal organizations"— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) January 9, 2020
US following up on info abt "extensive drug trafficking, smuggling routes being used by & protected by #Hezbollah elements-not just in #Lebanon but in a lot of countries in the #Shia crescent, including #Syria" per @DEAHQ's Fernandez— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) January 9, 2020
Trafficking includes #marijuana, #captagon