LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The brother of one of the members of the Lackawanna 6 has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for operating a drug enterprise.
Mohamed Taher, 35, was found guilty by a jury of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to import marijuana into the United States, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, false statements and aggravated identity theft.
Prosecutors say between 2005 and 2007, Taher smuggled marijuana into the U.S. from Canada and then distributed it to others in Detroit, Chicago and Buffalo. While maintaining his contacts in Canada, Taher lied to Customs and Border Protection Officers about his intentions and claimed to be a different individual.
Defendants Abdulfatah Mosed, Salah Mohamed Ahmed, Basheer Saleh, Yasin Abdulla and Bradley Parry were previously convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
Taher is the brother of Yasein Taher, one of the members of the Lackawanna 6, a group of six men who traveled to Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks for terrorist training.