Suspected Hizballah financing in Germany

15 suspected Hizballah members are on trial in France, charged with money laundering Colombian narcotics money.

The individuals are believed to have trafficked cocaine for a Colombian drug cartel and used their proceeds to purchase weapons for Hizballah. The cell is believed to have used some of the funds to purchase luxury goods like watches and jewelry worth €10 million.

As part of the investigation, €250 million was seized along with weapons and a luxury vehicle.

Analysis: Drug trafficking is increasingly being used by terrorist organizations to raise funds. While some analysts have argued that terrorist groups have an ideological opposition to the drugs trade, in practice, most terrorist groups will use this method (and many others) to raise funds.

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