Members of the Hezbollah militant group were arrested on charges they used millions of dollars from the sale of cocaine in the United States and Europe to purchase weapons in Syria, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said on Monday. Hezbollah has sent fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's almost five-year-old civil war. It is designated a terrorist organization by the United States.
Those arrested include leaders of the network's European cell, who were taken into custody last week, the DEA statement said. Among them was Mohamad Noureddine, who the DEA accuses of being a Lebanese money launderer for Hezbollah's financial arm. The United States has labeled Noureddine a specially designated global terrorist, it said. The DEA did not give the total number of those arrested or say where they were apprehended.
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