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Newsline: Kosovo Embassy Driver Charged With Weapons Dealing in New York

A chauffeur to the Kosovo consulate in New York faces charges of dealing in weapons, drugs and money laundering. Albert Veliu’s day job was as an employee of Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry, driving Kosovo Consul Teuta Sahatqija around the traffic-choked streets of New York. However, according to charges levelled against him in a Brooklyn courthouse, he also ran a lucrative operation as a weapons runner, drug dealer and money launderer, while maintaining ties to the Cosa Nostra and to Albanian organized crime figures in New York and the Czech Republic. As part of a Drug Enforcement Agency DEA sting, Veliu is alleged to have sold an undercover agent 15 AK-47s and a Yugoslav-era Zolja anti-tank rocket launcher. He had sourced the weapons during a trip to Kosovo earlier this month before returning to New York on June 21, from where he directed operations. On June 27, four of his associates were arrested in Klina, west Kosovo, with the weapons, while Veliu and five others were detained in New York. Veliu was told that Mexican drug cartels needed the weapons for fighting a drugs war near the US border. The 34-year-old is also alleged to have laundered $800,000 of supposed drug money through a series of companies with the help of associates, including his brother, Alban Veliu. The accused have yet to enter pleas.

https://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-embassy-driver-charged-with-weapons-dealing-06-30-2017-1

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