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An alleged Iranian drug trafficker, whose network operates around the world on behalf of Iranian intelligence services, according to Washington, and two Canadians are accused of conspiracy and conspiracy to murder for hire. (Archive photo)

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Two Canadians and an Iranian are accused of plotting to murder two people, including an Iranian national, in the United States, according to a U.S. Department of Justice indictment.

According to the document, the two Canadians, Damion Patrick John Ryan and Adam Richard Pearson, were recruited through an alleged drug trafficker from Iran, Naji Ibrahim Sharifi-Zindashti, who allegedly operated on the instructions of an officer of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

According to American justice, the plot provided for the payment of $350,000 to shoot dead a man and woman who lived in Maryland, on the American east coast.

The identities of the man and woman are not specified in the indictment, but one of the two targets is believed to be an Iranian defector who found asylum in the United States.

According to the Department of Justice, Ryan, 43, is a member in good standing of the Hells Angels who is believed to have led a team of killers since the end of 2020. He is currently incarcerated in Canada for possession of firearms.

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Pearson, 29, who worked for Ryan, was living illegally in Minnesota at the time of the charges against him, in 2020 and 2021. He was arrested by the FBI in 2021 and extradited to Canada to face charges of a murder committed in Alberta four years ago.

As for Zindashti, 49, he is currently in Iran.

All three men face charges of conspiracy and conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

According to the indictment, Zindashti and Ryan allegedly had discussions, between December 2020 and January 2021, about work to be done, equipment, tools and plans to do money. In January 2021, they reportedly discussed work to be done in the United States. Ryan reportedly indicated that he might have someone to do it.

Ryan then allegedly contacted Pearson about a job in Maryland, recommending that two guys go there with the right equipment. Pearson reportedly promised to tell those recruited to shoot [one of the victims] multiple times in the head to make an example of him, adding that he would tell them: We need to erase his head from his chest, says the US Department of Justice.

According to US Attorney Andrew Luger, the three defendants allegedly used an encrypted messaging service called SkyECC to communicate with each other, including to discuss the identity and location of potential victims, to plan logistics and the mechanics of the attack. #x27;execution of the murders and to negotiate payment for the murders.

Grace Within the jurisdiction of federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials, this conspiracy has been dismantled and the defendants will face justice.

A quote from Andrew Luger, prosecutor at the department of Justice

The filing of these charges by the American justice system comes at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran are particularly high following the death on Sunday of three American soldiers in Jordan in a drone attack attributed to an Iranian-backed militia.

As for Zindashti, the American government has notably promised sanctions against its network which would operate from Iran, where the Ministry of Intelligence and Security would give free rein to its criminal activities.

In exchange for protection from the Iranian state, the criminal group would carry out assassinations and kidnappings of dissidents and opponents of the Iranian regime everywhere in the world, according to Washington.

According to the US Treasury Department, these operations were supervised by Reza Hamidiravari, an agent of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

The continued efforts of Iranian regime's targeting of dissidents and activists demonstrates the regime's deep insecurity and its attempt to expand Iran's domestic repression internationally, said U.S. Treasury official Brian Nelson.

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