Rewards offered for information in alleged smuggling ring
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. government is offering two $1 million rewards for information leading to the arrest of a 40-year-old Pakistani man described as a “prolific human smuggler,” and for information leading to the financial disruption of his smuggling network.
Abid Ali Khan is accused of leading an operation that has profited from the trafficking of hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and southwest Asia into the United States without legal permission since 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release.
Investigators said Khan conspired with others in the network to coordinate the international travel, including false paperwork that let the migrants travel through multiple countries.
“Abid Ali Khan is alleged to be a prolific human smuggler who commands a criminal organization that spans the globe,” Anthony Salisbury, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Miami, said in a statement. “Khan is a very dangerous individual whose activities and associations may pose a national security risk to the United States and our partner nations.”
Khan was indicted in April on federal charges including conspiracy, encouraging immigrants to enter the U.S. illegally, and bringing an immigrant into the country without legal permission, the news release said.
The reward is offered under the Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program.