July 1, 2010, - 4:49 pm

Who is Eskender Mafarani & Why Did “Canadian” Smuggle $2 Milln Into US?

By Debbie Schlussel

Yesterday, Eskender Henareh Mafarani was sentenced to 37 months in prison for trying to smuggle into the U.S. more than $2.1 million in U.S. cash, six cell phones, and a laptop computer in late 2008.  The cash was wrapped in 130 bundles and it and the cellphone and computer were hidden inside Mafarani’s truck as it attempted to cross into the U.S. from Canada over the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit.  Mafarani lied to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.


But press reports refer to Mafarani as only a “Canadian.”  Here’s the full scoop on Mafarani:  he is an Iranian Muslim of Kurdish descent who emigrated to Canada.  Because of the way the money was packaged and the multiple cell phones, ICE agents believed that he was involved in drug dealing.  And it appears he could also have been involved in terrorist financing.  According to documents concerning Mafarani, he made many trips in and out of the U.S. from Canada, using similar trucks.  X-Ray images caught the hidden cash.  Check out the affidavit signed by ICE Senior Special Agent Anthony C. Romolino in the Federal Criminal Complaint against Mafarani.

But that was this time.  The guy is 54 years old.  I guarantee this wasn’t his virgin illicit mission.  Who knows how many times he smuggled large amounts of cash like that?  With whom did he meet in his previous truck driving trips into the U.S.?  Again, we’re talking over $2 million, just in this one haul.  Where was he planning to take the cash?  What was he planning on doing with it?  I repeat:  the man is Iranian and Muslim.  We don’t know with whom he’s allied.  His Kurdish background doesn’t mean much, as some Kurds, such as illegal alien and Islamic terrorist Ibrahim Parlak, trained with assorted deadly Islamic terrorists in terrorist training camps in Syria.

Sadly, as far as we know, the federal government, which allowed Mafarani to plead guilty and go to prison for just over three years, didn’t force him to tell all as a condition of his plea agreement.  If he did, he’d likely have gotten a far lower sentence. And this doesn’t appear to depart or divert down much from a typical guilty plea deal in such a case. Perhaps he is working with them, but I doubt it. Don’t expect much.

So, who was going to get the money?  And what was it for?  Drug deals?  Or terrorist financing and weapons purchases?  And who was to be on the receiving end of the cash and cell phones?

We’ll probably never know.

Kudos to the sharp CBP inspectors who caught the cash and the ICE agents who made the case, including ICE Agent Tony Romolino.

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12 Responses

Which means there’s a lot more contraband out there that wasn’t caught the last couple of times Marfani crossed the border. Where it all went and who will use it, we don’t know.

I’d say that’s cold comfort for the future.

NormanF on July 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I am sure it’s innocent. After all, he’s “Canadian” and a devout member of the Religion of Peace.

As goes Israel - so goes the World on July 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Finally some of the nazi like behavior at the canadian border paid off. I have heard from many people in person and on youtube at how they treat Americans and Canadians at the border. It seems to me they detain the law abiding citizens and let the drug runners/terrorists go through. Like you said, this guy has passed through many times.

tyler on July 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I remember a very similar case (less cash) at LAX. They held up his undeclared money forever, but the shitbag ultimately won his case and the government had to return the money with interest (which they promptly did). Good work, but it is meaningless.

#1 Vato on July 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

So he was given 37 months which means he’ll be released in a week.

THE LORD THOR on July 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Is this another job Americans won’t do? Smuggling and supporting terrorism? The whole press has become a fifth column.

Little Al on July 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Hey Debs!!!!

New Career????

Little Al on July 2, 2010 at 8:18 am

It’s news to me that Lenin was a Jew, BTW. However, Ludwig von Mises, who established the famous and important “Austrian School” of economics (including other household names like Hayek and Friedman) was certainly a Jew.

Now, “Rabbi,” surely it’s time to go back to Stormfront.

skzion on July 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

Anyone know if these are muzzies? I know it’s an Armenian name but they can become muzzies and this is tma (typical muzzie activity).

I called the business to order 100 pizzas and not pick them up, but they have closed. Soon to reopen under a different name and slightly changed spelling of their personal names.

Run from pigment!

As goes Israel - so goes the World on July 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

let me tell you guys..he isnt a terrorist.. stop feeding people lies debbie way to make iranians look bad; IM IRANIAN TOO AND WE’RE NOT TERRORISTS! ur little thing really offended me. “I repeat: the man is Iranian and Muslim. ” how rude.

naz on July 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

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