FBI Says Man Was Arming for "War"

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Friday, February 02 2007 Feb 2, 2007 Friday, February 02, 2007 1:25:04 PM CST February 02, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 22-year-old St. Charles man is accused of trying to buy as many explosives as possible in preparation for what his associate called a war. Mousa Abuelawi was arrested Dec. 29. He faces federal charges of illegal possession of a machine gun and conspiracy to violate machine gun laws. Court documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch say Abuelawi bought three rifles and an anti-personnel mine. They say he negotiated for a case of hand grenades. An associate of the suspect's says the purchases were NOT intended for terrorism but to make money supplying St. Louis street gangs in a turf war. The man's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, says his client will plead NOT guilty. He says the man was in no way trying to go to war with anyone.

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