[QODLink]
Americas

US arrests man in Iran uranium sting

Thirty-three-year-old man arrested with uranium supposedly destined for Iran hidden in soles of his shoe.

Last Modified: 24 Aug 2013 16:40
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Patrick Campbell was arrested as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris.

A man has been arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said.

Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested on Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tonnes of purified uranium, in violation of US law.

The buyer was actually an undercover US immigration officer. Asked to supply 1,000 tonnes of uranium - disguised with other types of ore to escape detection - Campbell promised to ship the product, disguised as chromite, from Sierra Leone to the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran.

According to the criminal complaint, Campbell admitted to agents that he had engaged in talks for "a contract for the sale of uranium to be delivered to Iran".

When confronted, he also admitted that he had brought a sample of the raw uranium ore with him concealed in his luggage.

The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an advertisement on the site Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake.

Accused of violating US law concerning transactions with Iran, Campbell could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.

221

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.