US man pleads guilty in plot to sell arms to Ahmadinejad opponents

August 30, 2007 15:14

An Iranian-born California man pleaded guilty to a scheme to buy submachine guns and sell them to Iranian government officials opposed to the country's president, court records show. Under the plea agreement reached this week, Seyed Mostafa Maghloubi, a US citizen, acknowledged that he attempted to obtain night vision goggles and as many as 100,000 Uzis for shipment to Iran, in violation of US laws. Maghloubi, 49 was the subject of a sting operation in February, when a person he had reportedly approached about buying the equipment brokered a meeting between him and a Los Angeles police detective Maghloubi believed was an arms dealer, according to the plea deal. Maghloubi, who claimed to have high-level contacts with government officials in Iran, eventually took delivery of three Uzis and a pair of night vision goggles, the court papers show.

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