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News Posted on March 20, 2012

Marlon Cobar '00 Successfully Prosecutes Narcotics Case against Defendant with Taliban Ties

Marlon Cobar '00, a trial attorney with the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, successfully prosecuted one of the world's largest heroin dealers, an Afghan national with ties to the Taliban.  The conviction drew coverage in media including the Washington Post, which mentioned Cobar's role as prosecutor.

Working with Trial Attorney Matthew Stiglitz, Cobar won a conviction on charges of conspiracy, distribution of heroin for importation into the United States, and narco-terrorism against Haji Bagcho, who trafficked more than 123,000 kilograms of heroin in 2006 to countries including the United States--an estimated 20 percent of the world supply.  Bagcho used the proceeds to support high-level members of the Taliban and the insurgency in Afghanistan.  Convicted by a U.S District Court for the District of Columbia jury on March 13, he faces a minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison.

Washington Post article