Jeff Sessions pledges new look into old administration's shutdown of drug investigation

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Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan will head up the task force, which includes prosecutors experienced in terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking cases.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department "will leave no stone unturned in order to eliminate threats to our citizens from terrorist organizations and to stem the tide of the devastating drug crisis". They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by, among other tactics, buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa.

Obama Inc. shut down a DEA investigation of Hezbollah, an Iranian backed Islamic narcoterror group whose drug smuggling extends to the United States, to avoid offending his murderous new pals in Iran. The report led Sessions to order a review of the handling of Project Cassandra.

The project was initially started in 2008 by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the help of 30 other US and foreign agencies, and reportedly discovered a $1 billion per year operation that included weapons, drug trafficking and money laundering used to fund Hezbollah, according to Politico last month. "The team will initiate prosecutions that will restrict the flow of money to foreign terrorist organizations as well as disrupt violent worldwide drug trafficking operations".

The US considers Hezbollah to be a terrorist group and an Iranian proxy.

The announcement comes as the U.S. prepares to look at sanctions against Iran.

The president must sign a series of waivers every few months to maintain the suspension of sanctions on Iran and to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal fully intact.

The announcement also comes just days before President Trump will make a decision about recertifying the nuclear agreement. In October, he refused to certify that Iran was in compliance with the agreement, saying it wasn't in US national security interests.

The team will be overseen by the Justice Department's Criminal Division and along with the DEA, the team will be coordinated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations and prosecutors from Justice's National Security Division and United States Attorneys' offices, according to the statement.

Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah's illicit networks, with the help of 30 USA and foreign security agencies.