Another smuggler bites the dust…

Or water in this case…

Elements from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard intercepted a vessel last week carrying a “massive” Iranian shipment of explosive materials bound for Yemen, according to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

Full article HERE, from Navy Times.

170 tons of urea fertilizer and ammonium perchlorate in this haul, a few months ago a different ship got 40 tons, also going to the Houthi rebels.

That is a LOT of boom…

And back stateside, we have this…

A federal indictment was unsealed today following the arrest of three defendants and their initial appearances in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky.

According to court documents, Phil Pascoe, 60, of Floyds Knobs, Indiana; Monica Pascoe, 45, of Floyds Knobs, Indiana; Scott Tubbs, 59, of Georgetown, Kentucky; and Quadrant Magnetics LLC are charged with wire fraud, violations of the Arms Export Control Act, and smuggling of goods for their roles in an illegal scheme to send export-controlled defense-related technical data to China and to unlawfully supply U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) with Chinese-origin rare earth magnets for aviation systems and military items.  

Full article, HERE from DOJ!

 


Comments

Another smuggler bites the dust… — 8 Comments

  1. The question I have about this incident is, did they intercept the ship in International waters? If this occurred in International Waters is the US Navy guilty of piracy? Also who made the US Navy the police of the high seas? Many questions need to be answered.

  2. Started illegal dealings with the PRC in 2012 thru 2018 and are just now being indicted. The speed of the feds is amazing.

  3. John- 1958 Convention on the Law of the High Seas (1958 Convention), and the 1982 United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) are the two primary documents that address smuggling, piracy, etc.18 U.S.C. § 2332b and 14 U.S.C.A § 522 codify those in US law, and the USCG is the US’s designated Law Enforcement organization on the high seas. Note that the Coast Guard was involved in the seizure. Also, that entire area has been designated as a smuggling/piracy area under international maritime law and routinely patrolled by ships of various countries to stop and search stateless/suspect vessels for years.

    John- LOL, if only… snerk…

    Gerry- Yeah, sigh…

  4. I’ll believe the DOJ and other three-letter-agencies are serious about stopping spying/selling for the ChiComs when about a quarter of Congress and ex-Congress and State Department employees and, yeah, three-letter agency employees get shoved into the pokey for spying/selling to the ChiComs.

    Seriously, right now? The arrests are because the three were in direct competition with Congress and the fed bureaucracy.

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