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Seized Assets Returned to Romanian Government through Cooperation between Romanian Ministry of Justice -ANABI and U.S. DEA

The Government of Romania, through the Ministry of Justice – the National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets (ANABI), received over $170,000 seized by the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a result of investigations carried out jointly by Romanian and U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Romanian police from the Directorate for Countering Organized Crime, the Directorate for Special Operations and prosecutors from the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism worked closely with agents from the DEA to investigate and apprehend members of criminal groups, based in Romania, responsible for exporting illegal drugs to the United States.  These same groups then used the proceeds to provide support for the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

Members of the groups were arrested by Romanian authorities and extradited to and convicted in the United States.  After the convictions, nearly $220,000 was recovered from the illegal operation and 80% of the confiscated funds were transferred to the Romanian Ministry of Justice – ANABI.

This is just one more example of how the coordinated work and close cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Romania and the United States can deprive criminals of their ill-gotten gains and make the world safer for all.

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Note: According to the Romanian law, the amount sent to ANABI will be transfered to the state budget.