[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
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
A vocal minority in Ukraine's east wants to join Russia, and Kiev has so far been unable to put down the separatists.
Iran's government has shifted its take on 'brain drain' but is the change enough to reverse the flow?
Deadly attacks on anti-mining activists in the Philippines part of a global trend, according to new report.
Activists say 'Honor Diaries' documentary exploits gender-based violence to further an anti-Islamic agenda.
As Syria's civil war escalates along the Turkish border, many in Turkey are questioning the country's involvement.
join our mailing list