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Trio Charged in Plan to Sell Missiles

A Minnesota man and two Pakistanis arrested in Hong Kong were headed to San Diego on Thursday to face charges they plotted to sell Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the al-Qaida terrorist network, authorities said. The trio were expected to reach San Diego late Thursday and appear before a federal magistrate Friday. They left Hong Kong under heavy security on a U.S. government plane Wednesday, according to the South China Morning Post. Undercover agents held secretly videotaped meetings with the three defendants in San Diego, Hong Kong and elsewhere last year to negotiate the swap of a half-ton of heroin and five tons of hashish for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, according to court documents. The men later said they planned to sell the missiles to members of the Taliban who were associated with al-Qaida, according to prosecutors. Full Story

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