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“In some permissive environments, drug cartels and terror groups are coming together,” he said. They include the Tri-Border region of South America where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet; West Africa, increasingly a transit point for Latin American drug suppliers; and parts of Mexico.
“They are sharing lessons learned. They are talking business,” Mr. Braun said. “That’s been playing out for a long time.
“I believe it was that kind of a scenario that enabled the informant to be in exactly the right place at the right time” to be approached by the Iranians, said Mr. Braun, currently a managing partner at the Spectre Group International security group.
He said: “There’s growing and very clear evidence of this very, very close relationship between [the Lebanese Shiite terror group] Hezbollah and the Qods Force when it comes to global organized criminal activity.”
Another witness at the hearing, Doug Farar, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, a research group in Washington, testified that while “elements of the mullah leadership [in Iran] would have to have known about the plot,” it was unclear who might ultimately be behind it.
“I think there’s a lot of concern that [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad does not necessarily control the Qods Force,” which is instead under the command of elements of the Islamic state’s revolutionary religious leadership, Mr. Farar said.
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