The US Justice Department announced on Thursday plans to create a special task force to crack down on what it dubbed "narcoterrorism" by the Lebanese militant movement Hezbollah. They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by, among other tactics, buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa.
"The Justice Department will leave no stone unturned to eliminate threats to our citizens from terrorist organisations and to stem the tide of the devastating drug crisis", said Sessions. The scheme evolved into a billion-dollar criminal network, Politico Magazine reported last month.
Obama Inc. shut down a DEA investigation of Hezbollah, an Iranian backed Islamic narcoterror group whose drug smuggling extends to the United States, to avoid offending his murderous new pals in Iran.
But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records.
The US considers Hezbollah to be a terrorist group and an Iranian proxy.
The new team of prosecutors specializing in worldwide narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime, and money laundering will ensure that "all Project Cassandra investigations as well as other related investigations, whether past or present, are given the needed resources and attention to come to their proper resolution", said the attorney general.
The announcement comes as the USA prepares to look at sanctions against Iran.
Trump has repeatedly pledged to walk away from the deal, having repeatedly accused his predecessor Barack Obama of giving away too much to secure the agreement with Iran.
The US announcement to resume its crackdown against Hezbollah signals that the Trump administration could be prepared to break away from the Iran nuclear deal, which gives Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. In October, he refused to certify that Iran was in compliance with the agreement, saying it wasn't in USA national security interests.
Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah's illicit networks, with the help of 30 USA and foreign security agencies.