SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - U.S. authorities have indicted a Pakistani national living in Europe on international drug trafficking charges that resulted from a three-year global investigation.
Federal prosecutors in Sacramento say 34-year-old Shiraz Malik was extradited to the United States from the Czech Republic after he was arrested during a trip there in September. He was returned to the U.S. on Friday.
Malik was indicted by a federal grand jury on 40 counts alleging that he conspired to import heroin, morphine, methamphetamine, and other drugs. He also faces charges of money laundering and using the Internet to arrange drug deals.
Malik pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says undercover agents met with Malik in Milan, Vienna and Budapest, Hungary to arrange drug deals.
His public defender, Matthew Bockman did not immediately return a telephone message.
The Associated Press