The federal government has announced a 2 million reward for information leading to the capture of Abid Ali Khan or disruption of a migrant trafficking network.
Mr Khan has been charged with trafficking in US District Court in Virginia and the Treasury Department has blocked access to his finances.
The State Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are now tightening the net and offering a new $ 1 million reward.
The series of actions underscores the intensity of the government’s concern about Mr Khan, who investigators say has helped “people with disgusting motives” reach the United States.
Anthony Salisbury, special agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigation in Miami, said Khan was a “very dangerous person whose activities and associations could pose a threat to national security for the United States and our allies.” Charges and restrictions
Prosecutors say Mr Khan’s network shepherds people from the Middle East and Southeast Asia to Brazil, then the backbone of South America, through Central America and Mexico, and to the US border. The government said Mr Khan also arranges false identities to help cross the border illegally.
Clients and illegal immigrants, including “crappy” actors, pay the equivalent of 20,000 per person for travel. This includes forged documents, accommodation along the way and bribes.
The rewards came as the Biden administration said the southwestern border was not a safe haven for terrorists.
Despite the fact that the actual sanctions on Mr Khan were announced in early April, just days after customs and border protection in El Centro, California, it was announced that agents had terrorized two Yemenis in the past two months. Arrested on surveillance lists.
The CBP’s announcement was then deleted from the agency’s website. In a statement following the deletion, the agency said the news release was “not properly reviewed” and disclosed national security information that was to be deleted.
In the months that followed, lawmakers demanded that the exact number of terrorists captured or suspected at the border be known. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Murcas has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Homeland Security have been made more than once.
Rodney Scott, who was pushed by Biden’s team as head of the Border Patrol in the summer, said there was a real threat of terrorism on the border.
“They exist, and they want to cross that border,” Mr. Scott told Fox News earlier this month.
According to the eight counts, Mr. Khan’s network specializes in people from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The prosecution alleges he has been working since at least January 2015.
Officials did not say how many people believed Mr Khan had helped smuggle drugs to the United States.
In a separate case over the past decade, investigators caught another smuggler specializing in Pakistani, Afghan and Bangladeshi immigrants. Sharafat Ali Khan, based in Brazil, helped move more than 100 people from their home countries to South America and then to the United States.
Sharafat Ali Khan was arrested in Qatar in 2016 for trying to flee Brazil to Pakistan. He was convicted of trafficking and sentenced to 31 months in prison. He was deported to Pakistan at the end of 2018.
At least one man, Sharafat Ali Khan, who was involved in the smuggling, was on the no-fly list of terrorists, had family ties to the Taliban and was involved in a plot to carry out attacks in the United States or Canada.