NEW YORK – A New York judge has sentenced two West African drug traffickers each to four years and two months in prison for a drug conspiracy they thought would help the Taliban buy weapons.
The U.S. District Court judge announced the sentences for Martin Raouf Bouraima and Corneille Dato on Monday. She says they were aware a conspiracy to import hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and heroin into the United States would benefit the Taliban.
The case arose from a Drug Enforcement Administration probe in 2010 and 2011 into drug trafficking in West Africa.
The DEA used confidential sources to pose as Taliban representatives. Prosecutors say Bouraima brought Dato into the operation.
The men had pleaded guilty. They apologized at sentencing. Dato sobbed as he said his mother died while he was behind bars.