Thursday, November 10, 2005
Two Men Indicted For Attempt To Smuggle Anti-Aircraft Missiles Into The US
A federal grand jury indicted two men Wednesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle three surface-to-air missiles into the United States for use abroad. Such missiles are designed to bring down aircraft.It will be interesting to follow this trial, if it ever happens.
Chao Tung Wu, 51, and Yi Qing Chen, 41, are naturalized U.S. citizens born in China, authorities said. The men are accused of agreeing to arrange shipment of the missiles from a country that is not named in the indictment.
The conspiracy did not involve domestic terrorists, and the two men were told by an undercover agent that the missiles would be sent abroad, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.
Gerson Horn, an attorney for Wu, said an undercover agent had tried to buy weapons from Wu and that Chen was allegedly involved in the negotiations. He said the agent "initiated the negotiations and persisted in the negotiations but it never bore fruit ... with either one of them."
That said, it makes me wonder how often this kind of ting happens.
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