Skip to comments.US arrests man 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'
Posted on 08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
A man was 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 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 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law.
The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake.
The buyer was actually an undercover US immigration officer.
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Campbell was arrested in New York on his way to Florida, where he planned to show his “contact” some uranium samples.
The samples, wrapped in plastic bags, had been hidden in the soles of a pair of shoes in his luggage, the indictment said.
a little yellow cake, a nice chianti.. hey.. look Maaa, no bunnions
It could take quite a few plane trips to transport 1,000 tons that way.
Get the lead of your shoes!
Get the Lead out of your shoes!
How do you hide 1000 tons of uranium in your shoe?
Michelle Antoinette: “Let them eat yellow cake”
“It could take quite a few plane trips to transport 1,000 tons that way.”
Not to mention the number of shoes.
It was a sample.
“I make the best yellowcake in the southwest.
Keep walkin’ mister. Take your shoes, beat it!”
Amy Bouzaglo, Atomic Baking Company
proving disco shoes were nothing more than clown shoes spray-painted shiny metallic colors.
LOL...with uranium heels, those would be 15 pound clod hoppers.
I guess keeping quiet is not part of the operation.
Build him some STRONG leg muscles! The soles of his feet might become a tad sensitive, though.
They need some of those hundred and thirty pound Mexicans with calves the size of cantaloupes. (HT Rep. Steve King)
I don’t know how much Uranium he had in his shoes but, the nominal spherical critical mass for an untampered 235U nuclear weapon is 56 kilograms (120 lb), a sphere 17.32 cm (6.8”) in diameter . You might be able to hide a volume that size in your shoes, but you would have a hard time walking with-it. It would be like walking with a sixty pound weight on each foot.
I’m trying to figger out what law was broken ? If the yellow cake was in Sierra Leone and the customer was Iran the US gov’t might not like the sale but couldn’t possibly make it illegal. An international embargo isn’t enough to get one in a US jail. Yellow cake is essentially yellow dirt and is less radioactive than a good watch. I can see the guy hiding his sample so some airport jerkopf doesn’t think his baggy is full of dirty coke but I don’t , so far, see this guy getting busted for anymore than general stupidity.
YOU MEAN PUT THE NATION'S SECURITY ABOVE THE NEED TO TAKE CREDIT? Silly boy ...
Well, the good news is... this idjit won’t be reproducing. His sperm count is in the negative range.
Any of you old folks remember going to a shoe store back in the 50s and sticking your feet into an x-ray machine to check the fit? I spent a lot of time wiggling my toes to see the bones.
Our guy's had three viewing ports. One for mom, one for the kid, and one for the shoe salesman. I wonder what those cost back then.
I'm surprised we don't all have toe cancer. Or maybe the shoe got eventually got some kind if there wasn't enough shielding.
Or maybe the shoe GUY eventually got some kind of cancer if there wasn’t enough shielding.
Just a traveling salesman.
NOTE The following text is a quote:
AUGUST 23, 2013MIAMI, FL
Sierra Leone man arrested for brokering Uranium deal for Iran
MIAMI Federal agents arrested a Sierra Leone man Wednesday for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by attempting to broker the sale of yellowcake uranium to Iran. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police.
According to court documents, Patrick Campbell, 33, of Freetown, Sierra Leone, traveled to the United States Aug. 21. Campbell brought a sample of uranium with him, which he concealed in the soles of shoes packed in his luggage. Campbell transported the uranium under the premise that it was going to be provided to a representative for a group of individuals seeking to obtain uranium and supply it to Iran. He was arrested by HSI special agents at John F. Kennedy Airport upon his arrival in the United States.
If convicted, Campbell faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and up to a $1 million fine.
Campbell made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday.
HSI aims to prevent terrorist groups and hostile nations from illegally obtaining U.S. military products and sensitive technology, including weapons of mass destruction. The Counter-Proliferation Investigations Unit, part of the HSI National Security Investigations Division, oversees a broad range of investigations related to export law violations. It enforces U.S. export laws involving military items and controlled dual-use goods, as well as products going to sanctioned or embargoed countries. For more information, visit www.ICE.gov/HSI.
A Look at Iran
A bit off thread topic...
Speaking of Sierra Leone, here’s an interesting thread:
“Nigeria discovers ‘Hezbollah terrorist cell’, weapons trove”
France24 ^ | 30/05/2013
Posted on May 31, 2013 2:58:00 AM PDT by csvset
SNIPPET from post no. 1: “”The cell exposed and arrested is part of a Shiite terror campaign against Western and Israeli targets around the world which has been taking place for a number of years,” the official said.
“The possibility that members of the cell acted under Hezbollah’s orders in other African states, such as Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Benin and Ghana is also being examined,” he added on condition of anonymity.”
Read the article. He was bringing samples. Still... how stupid do you gotta be to agree to meet an “Iranian” agent in Florida? Why not Rome or Cairo, or just about anyplace else close to Iran, and not under U.S. jurisdiction.
“I’m surprised we don’t all have toe cancer.”
Have you been checked for “Toe-lio” recently?
ObamaCare doesn’t cover, therefore it can’t exist.
He was caught with a fake passport, too.
He was caught with a fake passport, too, according to Sierra Leone, which says he is not their citizen.
He came from Nigeria supposedly.
His law firm ...
Still no word on if he was ever deported...
Or if Patrick was his real name.
Since it was a sting how much you want to bet that some lawyer will try to sue the US for encouraging someone to transport uranium if he gets sick?
Interesting, said his company Horizon Ltd sold uranium 308 to China and Ecuador.
Judging by the complaint- in spite of his law firm’s assertions- he knew quite well it was a smuggling effort and agreed to hide the big shipment in a shipment of chromite.
Interestingly, this obscure littlestory sure got someone’s attention:
Iran Slams US Uranium Scenario as Bid to Scuttle P5+1 Talks
Iran’s nuclear program (186)
The US allegation about an attempt by a man from Sierra Leone to sell uranium to Iran is designed to thwart Tehrans upcoming talks with a group of international mediators, Press TV reported on Saturday, citing a senior Iranian lawmaker.
MOSCOW, August 24 (RIA Novosti) - The US allegation about an attempt by a man from Sierra Leone to sell uranium to Iran is designed to thwart Tehrans upcoming talks with a group of international mediators, Press TV reported on Saturday, citing a senior Iranian lawmaker.
On Friday, Western media reported that US prosecutors have charged Patrick Campbell, 33, of Freetown with attempting to sell to undercover agents 1,000 tons of yellowcake uranium he believed would be shipped to Iran. He was arrested Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a sample of the toxic substance concealed in his baggage.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, described the US scenario as a joke, the agency reported.
The Islamic Republic does not need to buy yellow cake from the citizens of other countries, he was quoted by Press TV as saying.
Iran is among the producers of yellow cake; therefore, the claim is designed to affect Irans talks with the P5+1 group (permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) under the new administration.
The latest round of negotiations between Iran and the group of international negotiators on its controversial nuclear program was held on April 6 in Almaty while the date for the next round has not been set yet.
However, in a telephone conversation on August 18, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the group of international mediators, and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed readiness for the resumption of negotiations, the agency said.
The UN Security Council adopted six resolutions as part of international efforts to address Irans nuclear program between 2006 and 2010.
Western countries suspect Iran of using its nuclear program to develop atomic weapons capability, a claim Iran has consistently denied. Tehran claims it needs atomic technology for producing electricity, although it has some of the world’s largest reserves of oil and gas.
© RIA Novosti. Denis Krukov
Iran’s nuclear program