It is said you can buy and sell anything on eBay.
But for one Philippine national who sold and mailed a U.S. military drone to undercover agents, the postage and packing could cost him up to 20 years in jail.
Henson Chua, 47, was caught by an undercover Homeland Security agent as he tried to sell the four lb 'Raven' for $13,000. He is now charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act and smuggling and faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.
It is not known how Chua acquired the hand-launched plane, but according to official documents he allegedly bought it from the Philippine government.
The Raven is equipped with three cameras that U.S. troops use for battlefield surveillance and can be taken apart by troops and then reassembled for use.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, agents with the Homeland Security Department found out last May that Chua was offering a Raven for sale on eBay for $13,000.
The listing had nine pictures of the plane that clearly showed an ID tag and bar code proving its authenticity.
Homeland Security agents then began to talk to Chua, who had been living in the U.S. since April 2010 on a non immigrant visa.
Agents then called Chua on May 17, where he allegedly claimed to have bought the Raven from the Philippine government, who sold it as abandoned property.
U.S. agents then allegedly warned Chua that exporting the plane out of the country was illegal.
But in an email exchange, Chua then told them: 'Now, as far as the US permits. yes you're right that could be a bit of a problem for me if this isn't done right.'
'It's tricky because you have to be a registered broker with the state department in order to transfer US military items.(The Raven and its parts are definitely military items.) Otherwise, you're breaking US law.
'I'm not really registered, so I hope that is not a problem for you :)'.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Man arrested after trying to sell U.S. spy drone on eBay.
This is really shocking. People still use eBay?? Item.