PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3)
Federal investigators in Philadelphia say they have charged five suspects who are accused of trying to buy weapons to allegedly be used for terroristic acts. The FBI Terrorism Task Force announced the arrests of two men and are searching for three others in an over two-year undercover sting that had roots in Philadelphia.
Dani Nemr Tarraf, of Lebanon, and Hussein Ali Asfour, of Georgia, are in federal custody. Douri Nemr Tarraf, Hassan Mohamad Komeiha and Ali Fadel Yahfoufi remain on the loose. According to the FBI, on July 28 of this year, the suspects allegedly paid an undercover FBI agent $20,000 to buy stinger missiles and 10,000 Colt M4 Carbines to be shipped to Iran and Syria to allegedly be used in acts of terrorism.
Authorities say one of the suspects inquired if the stinger missile was capable of bringing down an F-16 fighter plane. According to the arrest warrant, the alleged operation began in June 2007 when the suspects began purchasing stolen cell phones from an undercover FBI agent. Over the next several months, the suspects then began purchasing items such as cell phones, laptops, Sony PlayStation systems and automobiles to ship overseas.
In addition, the suspects also asked the undercover FBI agent to obtain fraudulent US passports. According to the FBI agent-in-charge, the weaponry would have been used in support of terrorism.
“The FBI remains resolutely committed to working with our law enforcement partners to find and stop those individuals who commit crimes, such as those alleged today, in support of a broader intent to commit acts of terrorism against the United States,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk, of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI. “Today, through the well-coordinated effort of all involved agencies, dangerous weapons have been kept out of the hands of those who would turn those weapons against the United States.” The investigation is ongoing, more from this source……………..
See my prior post on another used car dealer from Lebanon;
MIAMI USED CAR DEALER, ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD, SCAMS FLORIDA FOR MILLIONS, HE WAS TO BE IN COURT TODAY ON CAR THEFT/CHOP SHOP CHARGES.
(AP) – Federal authorities have charged a Lebanese native with fraud after he allegedly deceived Florida officials into diverting millions of dollars to an account he set up, instead of a road building company that was supposed to get the money. Employees of a bank and the contractor are being credited with uncovering the $5.7 million scheme, leading to Ali Hassan Hammoud’s arrest as he was attempting to fly to Beirut.
Some of the money had been wire transferred to Beirut before the FBI arrested Hammoud, 35, at Miami International Airport last week as he was waiting to board a plane bound for that Middle Eastern city. Details of the scheme were disclosed after court documents were unsealed Tuesday in Miami, where Hammoud was being held without bond on fraud charges pending a federal court appearance there Friday.
Hammoud, a native of Lebanon who lives in Miramar, was arrested Friday at Miami International Airport. Law enforcement records indicate Hammoud has arrests dating to 1996 for possession of counterfeit designer clothing, operating a chop shop, vehicle theft, selling vehicles with altered numbers (VIN) and fraud.
Ali Hassan Hammoud operated his chop shop under the name of Germanco Auto Parts, also as Germanco Parts Depot Inc, and as Germanco Auto Sales Inc, all linked to the 9741 NW 27th Ave address of “Zamaiss Import Export Inc.” as seen in the story below. Ali Hassan Hammoud also appears to be linked to a second Florida car business that appears to have been exporting (stolen) used cars to Africa and the Middle East (selling vehicles with altered VIN’s).