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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What Not to Sell on eBay: Drones !!!!

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino has been charged in a US federal court for attempting to sell an unmanned military aircraft on eBay, the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) said.

The HSI identified the suspect as Henson Chua, 47, a resident of Manila, who has been charged for violations of the Arms Export Control Act and smuggling.

He was arrested on the evening of February 10 in Los Angeles. He is facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

The HSI said that Chua "knowingly and willfully caused the temporary import into the United States" of an RQ-11B "Raven" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It said that Chua also aided and abetted the attempted export from the United States of the item, without obtaining from the U.S. Department of State a license or written authorization.

Chua is also accused of knowingly bringing an item into the United States contrary to law.

The HSI said that the UAV was recovered from Chua after he tried to sell it on eBay.

"ICE HSI is committed to protecting the security of our homeland and our troops abroad by ensuring that the sale and distribution of weapons and military technology is done lawfully, and that these items do not fall into the wrong hands," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Tampa.

“We make use of our full statutory authority to investigate and enforce criminal violations of all U.S. export laws related to military items, controlled 'dual-use' commodities and sanctioned or embargoed countries. Our national security depends on it,” she added.

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