An agent of the Department of Special Police of the Washington Metro (MTPD) was arrested on Wednesday (3) on charges of trying to provide “material support” to the jihadist group Islamic State.
As reported by the US Department of Justice said in a statement, the police called Nicholas Young, is 36 and is from Fairfax (Virginia), about 25 kilometers from Washington.
In July, Young bought 22 phone cards for an amount of US $ 245 credit to send messages from accounts that EI allegedly used to recruit terrorists.
The police sent the codes of the cards to an agent undercover FBI who underwent recruit EI, according to the testimony of the prosecution.
If convicted on the charges, Young could have a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He, who was detained at the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police of American capital, became the first American country agent to be accused of trying to help the EI, according to the authorities.
However, the agent was never a credible threat to the subway in Washington, the busiest US after the New York assured the prosecutor’s office spokesman East District of Virginia, Joshua Stueve, the network “NBC” News.
The officer must appear before a court on Wednesday East District of Virginia.
According to the testimony of the prosecution, Young works as MTPD agent since 2003 and has been monitored by the FBI since 2010, interacting with informants and plainclothes police.
In 2011, the accused held several meetings with undercover agents and some known as Amine el Khalifi, who later pleaded guilty to planning a suicide attack on the US Congress in 2012.
Also in 2011, the defendant traveled to Libya, where he joined the rebels who tried to overthrow the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and where he moved with military character objects.
The FBI informant did Young believe in 2014 that would leave the United States to join the ranks of the Islamic State.
In an email sent to him in June 2015, the police asked for advice to be able to send money to EI leaders.
“Unfortunately – in e-mail-, you have so many brands that can not even buy a plane ticket without sounding the alarm. So I imagine that banking transactions are automatically monitored and draw attention depending on what happens.”
After disclosure of the arrest, the director general of Washington Metro, Paul J. Wiedefeld, said in a statement that “the allegations in this case are deeply alarming.”
“It’s alarming to me and are alarming to anyone who wears the uniform,” added Wiedefeld, stating that the agent’s employment contract was canceled after the arrest.