North Carolina Man Arrested At JFK For Trying To Join ISIS
A 44-year-old North Carolina man was arrested and ordered held without bail in New York after trying to join the terrorist group ISIS. Donald Ray Morgan was arrested by the FBI as he arrived at John F. Kennedy International airport from Germany on August 2nd.
FBI agents took Morgan, an ex-convict from North Carolina, into custody when he returned to the United States after an eight-month stay in Lebanon, where his wife lives, according to the Daily News.
Morgan was wanted in Rowan County on federal weapon charges.
Officials say Morgan had been posting on Twitter under the alias “Abu Omar al Amreeki.”
Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Nadia Moore presented examples of the evidence to Magistrate Ramon Reyes at a bail hearing last week to support her argument that the alleged gun trafficker was too dangerous to return to North Carolina on his own, according to the Daily News.
“It’s possible that he traffics in guns to people in this organization (ISIS),” Moore said.
Besides pledging allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his tweets suggested he may have been preparing for jihad in Syria, Iraq or possibly the states, law enforcement officials said.
He also referred to himself as a jihad fighter.
Federal defender Peter Kirchheimer argued that there was no evidence Morgan is a member of ISIS or had provided material support.
The judge said his tweets, “clearly implied to me that he is trying to go to Syria or Iraq as the next step and trying to be actively engaged.”
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