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Roslynn R. Mauskopf was appointed on September 3, 2002 as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. May 12, 2006: “No comment” is all the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York is saying on speculation that a Guyanese businessman could be extradited for conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S.

Asked by HBN yesterday whether the U.S. government would seek to have Shaheed Khan a.ka. Roger Khan, a.ka. ‘Shortman,’ extradited to face charges in a U.S. court, spokesman for the office, Robert Nardoza, offered a “no comment” adding only, “It’s an ongoing investigation.”

Khan, 34, was on April 13, indicted in absentia by a New York grand jury on a single count of attempt/conspiracy to import a ‘controlled substance’ and to distribute it in the U.S., according to court records.

The indictment, unsealed on May 3, charges that between January 2001 and March 2006, Khan and other parties conspired to import about five kilograms of cocaine into the U.S.

The indictment comes just about three months after the U.S. State Department named Khan in its narcotics report of 2006. “Drug traffickers appear to be gaining a significant foothold in Guyana’s timber industry. In 2005, The Guyana Forestry Commission granted a State Forest Exploratory Permit for a large tract of land in Guyana’s interior to Aurelius Inc., a company controlled by known drug trafficker Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan. Such concessions in the remote interior may allow drug traffickers to establish autonomous outposts beyond the reach of Guyanese law enforcement,” stated the report.

Khan’s name also appeared on a Guyana police list last month in connection with the disappearance of 33 Kalashnikov rifles and five pistols from the army's headquarters in late February. The weapons remain missing.

The U.S. State Department report also restated that Guyana is a transshipment point for cocaine destined for North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, adding that interdictions and seizures of drugs in Guyana decreased from 2004 to 2005.

“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime last estimated the quantity of cocaine transiting Guyana in 2000-2001 at 20-25 metric tons annually. Using those figures, the U.S. Embassy in Guyana estimates that narcotics traffickers earn US$150 million annually, and possibly much more, by trafficking cocaine through Guyana. This amount is equivalent to twenty percent or more of Guyana’s reported gross domestic product,” the report stated. -