CBS2-Header-Logo WFAN 1010WINS WCBS tiny WLNYLogo
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Latest News | Getting Around Town | Traffic Map | Listen Live: WCBS 880 | 1010 WINS

News

Six People Arrested In Int’l Opium Smuggling Ring Dubbed ‘Operation Flying Carpets’

View Comments
'Operation Flying Carpets' (credit: U.S. Department of Justice)

‘Operation Flying Carpets’ (credit: U.S. Department of Justice)

TRI-STATE NEWS HEADLINES

From our newsroom to your inbox weekday mornings at 9AM.
Sign Up

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two people were taken into custody Thursday morning on Long Island in connection with a international opium smuggling operation.

The pair, identified as 52-year-old Mehrdad Samoukian, of Roslyn Heights, and 59-year-old Mahmoud Mowla, of Middle Village, Queens, was arrested at a home at 226 Warner Avenue in Roslyn Heights in Nassau County.

The alleged operation,
which reads like something out of the movies, involved drugs purchased from nomads on the Afghanistan-Iranian border, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Al Jones Reports

The drugs were allegedly hidden in chocolate boxes and rolled up in Persian rugs before being driven to Hamburg, Germany and shipped to New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

The alleged operation even had its own jargon.  Federal authorities said an intercepted cell phone call from one defendant spoke of a price of “Not less than $35 a foot,” meaning $35,000 per kilogram.

north hempstead 20120308 00018 Six People Arrested In Intl Opium Smuggling Ring Dubbed Operation Flying Carpets

622 Warner Avenue, where the FBI arrested two accused of smuggling opium from the Iranian-Afghanistan border. (credit: Al Jones, 1010 WINS)

“I never would have thought that this is something that would’ve been happening on my street,” one neighbor said.

Two others were also rounded up in the Washington D.C. area Thursday morning, while two more suspects were arrested in Iran.

Authorities are still investigating to see how big of an operation it really was, but the smugglers apparently weren’t too happy with their product.

Another cell phone recording, intercepted by federal authorities, caught one suspect complaining about the opium — saying it was garbage and not even Mexican quality.

Shocked by the allegations?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

View Comments