An Iranian man was arrested in Kenya final week after he allegedly conspired to smuggle up to 400 kilograms of heroin into the United States, the Drug Enforcement Agency introduced Wednesday. 

Malek Mohammad Balouchzehi, 38, was extradited to the United States on Oct. 9 and appeared earlier than United States Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn on Tuesday. He is going through one depend of conspiring to import heroin into the U.S. and one depend of distributing heroin for importation into the U.S. 

“From thousands of miles away, Malek Balouchzehi allegedly arranged the importation of massive quantities of heroin into the United States with seemingly little regard for the devastation that highly addictive opiates cause after landing at our shores,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams said in an announcement Wednesday. 


Balouchzehi allegedly began orchestrating his plan in October 2019, assembly with people to smuggle methamphetamine into Australia and heroin into the U.S. 

Instead of drug traffickers, Balouchzehi was truly assembly with an undercover DEA agent and a confidential supply working for the DEA, in accordance to a criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court docket Tuesday. 

Balouchzehi allegedly despatched the DEA’s confidential supply movies of a narcotics manufacturing facility in October 2019. 

“We have white. We have brown. We have crystal, shisha. Whatever you want,” Balouchzehi allegedly instructed the confidential supply in a telephone name. 

About 28% of all overdose deaths from opioids concerned heroin in 2019. 

In December 2019, the DEA wired $16,000 to a checking account in Indonesia managed by Balouchzehi in trade for two kilograms of heroin. 

After the two-kilogram pattern, Balouchzehi mentioned sending as a lot as 400 kilograms of heroin to the United States, in accordance to the DEA. 

Balouchzehi could possibly be sentenced to a minimal of 10 years in jail or a most of life in jail if convicted on both of the 2 counts he’s going through.

The opioid disaster has exploded in latest many years, with overdose deaths from opioids rising sixfold since 1999 to almost 50,000 in 2019. 

About 28% of all overdose deaths from opioids concerned heroin in 2019, whereas the newest wave of the disaster has been pushed by the artificial opioid fentanyl.