Tue Sep 26, 11:12 AM ET
A 55-year-old Pakistani man has been sentenced to an 18-year federal prison term for his role in a drugs-for-weapons scheme that was thwarted by undercover U.S. agents.
Syed Mustajab Shah, who was sentenced Monday, admitted conspiring with two co-defendants to trade 5 tons of hashish and 600 kilograms of heroin for four Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, which they intended to sell to the Taliban.
He was arrested in Hong Kong in 2002 along with two other men after a meeting with agents posing as drug dealers.
Two other men pleaded guilty to the same charges in March 2004. Ilyas Ali of St. Paul, Minn., an India-born U.S. citizen, was sentenced in April to more than five years in prison, and 32-year-old Muhamed Abid Afridi received a term of nearly five years.