8 Middle Eastern Men Charged in St. Louis Weapon's Case
A St. Charles man accused of buying automatic weapons and a Claymore mine and bargaining for grenades was indicted in February on four federal machine gun charges.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported at the time:
Mousa M. Abuelawi, 22, of Franjoe Court, was originally arrested Dec. 29 and charged with three counts of illegal possession or distribution of a machine gun and conspiracy to violate machine gun statutes.
During November and December, Abuelawi bought two M-16s, a Heckler & Koch MP-5 fully automatic submachine gun and a Claymore mine from a government informer, not knowing they had been rigged not to work.
He also negotiated to buy a box of 30 grenades.
Abuelawi said his arrest was a case of Islamophobia. He believes that officials were targeting him because of his name… not because of the grenades he was trying to buy!
Thaer Abde Sumad, who is named in a FBI affidavit, talks to a reporter in February. The FBI says Thaer Abde Sumad met with Mousa Abuelawi and a government informer to negotiate the purchase of fully automatic weapons and explosives.
(Huy Richard Mach/P-D)
Thaer Abde Sumad met with the Post Dispatch reporter in February. He said the grenades, Claymore mines and automatic weapons were going to be sold to local street gangs. This week he was also charged along with 14 others in the case.
Bob McCarty has been following this case and has some serious questions that have yet to be answered.
The Post Dispatch is reporting that 15 local men have now been indicted in the weapon’s case:
The other defendants are Thaer Abde Sumad, 23, of Florissant; Mohamed Judeh, 20, of Maryland Heights; Abdikarin Warsame, 28, Charley M. Hunt Jr., 45, Darnell T. Thornton, 25, and Hussein Ali Nure, 29, all of Jennings; and Otha L. Baker, 20, who had no address listed in court documents.
The charges carry a penalty of five to 10 years in prison.
Sumad and Judeh have been charged with lying to the FBI about the M-16.
Sumad was also charged with conspiracy, transfer and possession of machine guns, and receipt and possession of unregistered firearms.
In the original documents charging Abuelawi, Sumad is quoted in a meeting with Abuelawi and a government informer as saying that “he wants to buy as many explosives as possible because, ‘we’re going to war.'”