PHILADELPHIA – Federal investigators in Philadelphia have arrested a man with residences in Lebanon and Slovakia who they say wanted to obtain weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, to ship to Syria.
Investigators say Dani Nemr Tarraf wanted weapons needed to "take down an F-16," according to an affidavit released Monday.
The affidavit says Tarraf paid a $20,000 deposit for the missiles and machine guns, and traveled Friday to Philadelphia to inspect them.
Investigators say Tarraf and Hussein Ali Asfour, of Centerville, Ga., were involved in a plot that began with transporting stolen cell phones, laptops and gaming systems, but Tarraf escalated it to include weapons.
Authorities say they are seeking two other men that were part of the plot to smuggle electronics to Slovakia and one for passport fraud.