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Dat e:
2006 February 1, 13:37
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SHAHEED " ROGER" KHAN: GUYANA' S OWN ESCOBAR?
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B. 05 GEORGETOWN 1253
C. 05 GEORGETOWN 1122
D. 04 GEORGETOWN 426
E. 04 GEORGETOWN 29

Cl assi f i ed By: Ambassador Rol and W. Bul l en
f or r eason 1. 4( b) and ( d)

1. ( S) SUMMARY. Shaheed " Roger " Khan ( DOB: 13- J an- 72) ,
Guyana' s number one nar co- cr i mi nal , t hr eat ens t o exer t
cont r ol over t he f r agi l e Guyanese st at e aki n t o Pabl o
Escobar ' s er st whi l e cont r ol over Col ombi a. Khan i s pr esent l y
act i ve i n dr ug t r af f i cki ng, money l aunder i ng, and ar ms
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PK KDEM ETRN UNGA AFIN
ACOM LE SA NI YO OSCI AR
SF ESTC SY VE PO ID TW AS
EIND EEC KPAO CGEN SOCI
OECD
Medi a Or gani zat i ons
Australia - The Age
Argentina - Pagina 12
Brazil - Publica
Bulgaria - Bivol
Egypt - Al Masry Al Youm
Greece - Ta Nea
Guatemala - Plaza Publica
Haiti - Haiti Liberte
India - The Hindu
Italy - L'Espresso
Italy - La Repubblica
Lebanon - Al Akhbar
Mexico - La J ornada
Spain - Publico
Sweden - Aftonbladet
UK - AP
US - The Nation
smuggl i ng. Hi s so- cal l ed l egi t i mat e economi c i nt er est s
i ncl ude const r uct i on and f or est r y. Ver mont has an
out st andi ng war r ant f or Khan' s ar r est on weapons char ges.
END SUMMARY.

Nar cot i cs
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2. ( S) Khan i s bel i eved t o be Guyana' s l eadi ng dr ug
t r af f i cker , mor e power f ul t han ot her est abl i shed pl ayer s such
as Cl ay Hut son, Ri car do Rodr i gues, and Br ahma Nandal al l . He
est abl i shed connect i ons wi t h Col ombi an cr i mi nal s a f ew year s
ago and has si nce become a maj or t r af f i cker of cocai ne f r om
Col ombi a. Khan has r i sen t o t he t op of Guyana' s
nar co- cr i mi nal cl ass qui ckl y and ost ent at i ousl y. Hi s
Col ombi an associ at es scol ded hi m i n Sept ember 2004 f or hi s
i ndi scr i mi nat e act i vi t i es and advi sed hi m t o get out of t he
spot l i ght .

3. ( S) DEA devel oped a pl an i n 2004 t o est abl i sh a
count er nar cot i cs oper at i on i n Guyana. An i nf or mant l eaked
det ai l s about t he pl an. Af t er t he l eak, Khan t hr eat ened t o
bl ow up t he si t e of t he oper at i on and t hr eat ened t he l i ves of
Ambassador and t he t hen RSO ( Ref D) . These t hr eat s f or ced
t he oper at i on' s abandonment .

4. ( S) Khan sur r ounds hi msel f wi t h a cot er i e of f or mer pol i ce
t act i cal squad member s f or secur i t y. He r epor t edl y pays hi s
l ow- l evel secur i t y per sonnel USD 1, 600 per mont h - - at l east
ei ght t i mes what t hey pr evi ousl y ear ned wi t h t he pol i ce f or ce.

Phant om Squad and Bout er se Connect i ons
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5. ( C) Khan was a pr i nci pl e i n t he " Phant om Squad" ( aka deat h
squad) t hat f or mer Mi ni st er of Home Af f ai r s Gaj r aj empl oyed
t o cr ack down on cr i me f r om 2002 t o 2004 ( Ref E) .

6. ( S) Mi ni st er of Home Af f ai r s t ol d us Khan r egul ar l y
t r avel s t o Sur i name and Tr i ni dad and meet s wi t h Desi
Bout er se. Accor di ng t o RNAS, Khan and Bout er se met at a
hot el i n Sur i name as r ecent l y as December 2005.

Ar ms Smuggl i ng
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7. ( S/ NF) Accor di ng t o RNAS, Khan has been act i ve i n
smuggl i ng ar ms i nt o Guyana f r om Sur i name, Fr ench Guyana, and
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possi bl y Fr ance. He exchanges cocai ne f or t he ar ms. Khan
has al so est abl i shed connect i ons wi t h FARC and has act ed as a
mi ddl eman i n cocai ne f or ar ms t r ansact i ons. I n such
i nst ances, Khan has smuggl ed guns i nt o Guyana and t hen
exchanged t hem wi t h t he FARC f or cocai ne. Ther e ar e st r ong
i ndi cat i ons t hat Khan was deepl y i nvol ved i n a December 2005
shi pment of weapons t o FARC i n Col umbi a.

Money Launder i ng and ot her Economi c I nt er est s
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8. ( S) Khan has a busi ness r el at i onshi p wi t h Far ouk Razac of
Swi ss House Cambi o, a bi g money l aunder i ng oper at i on, t o
l aunder hi s nar co- t r af f i cki ng pr oceeds. Accor di ng t o RNAS,
Khan' s dr ug pr oceeds have al so f unded mosques and sent
Musl i ms t o st udy abr oad.

9. ( U) Khan acqui r ed Kaow I sl and i n t he Essequi bo Ri ver f r om
l ocal ent r epr eneur and suspect ed dr ug deal er Har r y Rambar r an
i n Febr uar y 2005. Once owned by t he now bankr upt Wi l l ems
Ti mber , Kaow I sl and has a whar f f or ocean goi ng vessel s, an
ai r st r i p, access t o Guyana' s bush r oads t hat r adi at e out f r om
Bar t i ca, and a 136, 000- acr e t i mber concessi on. I n Sept ember
2005, Rambar r an sued Khan f or def aul t i ng on a USD 1. 1 mi l l i on
pr omi ssor y not e made i n par t i al payment f or t he i sl and.

10. ( C) Khan i s r epor t edl y i n negot i at i ons wi t h f or mer
GUYSUCO Chai r man Vi c Odi t t t o pur chase a 200 squar e mi l e
r anch at Pi r ar a i n t he Sout her n Rupununi r egi on. The r anch
has a l ar ge ai r st r i p, and Khan i s bel i eved t o be act i ng at
t he behest of Col ombi an or Panamani an nar co- i nt er est s.

11. ( U) I n l at e 2005 t he Guyana For est r y Commi ssi on gr ant ed
a St at e For est Expl or at or y Per mi t f or a l ar ge t r act of l and
i n Guyana' s i nt er i or t o Aur el i us I nc. , a company cont r ol l ed
by Khan ( Ref C) .

12. ( U) Khan i s a di r ect or of Cl assi c Devel opment I nc. and
Dr eam Wor ks Devel oper s, bot h const r uct i on concer ns. Khan i s
f i nanci ng sever al r eal est at e pr oj ect s, i ncl udi ng a 60- 70
uni t housi ng uni t devel opment i n East Bank Demer ar a near t he
new st adi um under const r uct i on f or t he 2007 Cr i cket Wor l d Cup.

13. ( C) Guyanese Bank execut i ves t el l us al l t hi s i s bei ng
done wi t hout any bank f i nanci ng.

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Run- i ns wi t h t he Law
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14. ( U) Accor di ng t o LEGATT/ Por t of Spai n, Khan i s want ed i n
Ver mont on weapons char ges. Ver mont has not sought Khan' s
ext r adi t i on.

15. ( U) Khan and t wo ot her men, one an act i ve dut y pol i ceman,
wer e ar r est ed at a Guyana Def ence For ce r oadbl ock i n December
2002 at Good Hope, East Coast Demer ar a i n a bul l et pr oof
vehi cl e. The vehi cl e cont ai ned sophi st i cat ed cel l phone
i nt er cept equi pment , sat el l i t e phones, and hi gh- power ed
weapons. Al l t hr ee wer e f ound not gui l t y of i l l egal
possessi on of ar ms and ammuni t i on char ges.

16. ( C) A seni or f unct i onar y i n t he Of f i ce of t he Pr esi dent
t ol d us t hat t he communi cat i ons equi pment and weapons wer e
handed back over t o Khan. Our i nt er l ocut or sai d t he ar r est
had been " a mi st ake" because Khan was " wor ki ng wi t h t he
pol i ce" when t he ar r est was made.

17. ( U) Accor di ng t o l ocal newspaper s, Khan and a col l eague
appear ed i n cour t J anuar y 4, 2006 on char ges of " woundi ng"
f ol l owi ng an i nci dent i n whi ch an i ndi vi dual was assaul t ed
and had a gun pl aced t o hi s head. Bot h pl ed not gui l t y and
wer e r el eased on GYD 15, 000 ( USD 75) bai l .

Pol i t i cal I nf l uence
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18. ( C) Khan has bought of f count l ess peopl e i n Guyana.
Thr ough t hi s pat r onage he i s abl e t o oper at e wi t h i mpuni t y.
I t i s bel i eved t hat GoG i s compr omi sed t o such an ext ent t hat
i t wi l l not pur sue Khan, despi t e payi ng l i p ser vi ce t o t he
f i ght agai nst nar co- t r af f i cki ng.

Comment
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19. ( C) Mul t i pl e sour ces have expr essed f ear s t o Ambassador
t hat not onl y has Khan penet r at ed al most ever y l evel of
Guyanese gover nment and soci et y, but t hat he wi l l exer t ever
gr eat er i nf l uence over t he pol i t i cal scene begi nni ng wi t h
t hi s year ' s el ect i ons. Most r espect ed comment at or s bel i eve
t hat Guyana has al r eady become or i s wel l on t he way t o bei ng
a nar co- st at e. I f Guyana i s a nar co- st at e, t hen Khan i s i t s
l eader . Ambassador has spoken wi t h GoG t o l i t t l e avai l about
Khan' s dr ug act i vi t i es and unaccount ed weal t h. The GoG has
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Ref er enc es t o t hi s doc ument i n ot her c abl es Ref er enc es i n t hi s doc ument t o ot her c abl es
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adopt ed a head- i n- t he- sand appr oach t o Khan and
nar co- t r af f i cki ng i n gener al . The GoG asks f or har d evi dence
and pr et ends not t o know how Khan acqui r es hi s means. END
COMMENT.
BULLEN
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