|Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Rafik Mohammad Labboun|
Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)
Fraudulent passports and visas given to facilitate human trafficking of Chinese, Sri Lankan, Nigerian and Somali nationals to the United States has been regularly reported by News Five over the past few years. Labboun’s brief two day encounter in Belize has eclipsed a case that few persons have been aware of in the Jewel.
The Pakistani national owned a business in the Corozal Free Zone and his operations involved Lebanese-Belizeans. He recruited individuals to carry small quantities of drugs packed as medical supplies from his Belize pharmacy to Mexico and to the U.S. border. He allegedly used Belizean and Mexican taxi drivers and bus operators to transport the drugs, using Mexican bus terminal workers and vendors as couriers.
The Pakistani businessman is also an owner of a salon in Tijuana, Mexico, where he used his girlfriend to distribute drugs in the area. When in Tijuana he goes by the alias, Doctor Vegas. In addition to keeping a house to stage his drug shipments in Chetumal, he employed Belizean nationals and a Lebanese Belizean called “Ziah.” He was believed to have been involved in money laundering, drug trafficking, and firearms smuggling. The cable goes on to say that both Ziah and Doctor Vegas are assisting the international terrorist organization Hezbollah, either indirectly or directly. It seemed that these individuals have been under surveillance for quite some time as the cable says that, “Lebanese-Belizeans have long been tied to stolen vehicles being shipped to Lebanon, and suspected ties to Hezbollah. Other sources have provided evidence of human smuggling.”
This article was first published by News 5 in Belize.
Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.