Fares Abdo Al Eyani, 37, and Saba Mohsen Dhaifallah, 38, were with attempting to ship night vision rifle scopes from the Port of Oakland to the Sultanate of Oman, according to the U.S. States Attorney’s office.
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The two are accused of working together to purchase devices with night vision capabilities over the last half of 2019, then trying to send those items and firearms to the Middle Eastern country of Oman in shipping containers from Oakland.
Oman is in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by Yemen, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
According to the complaint, Al Eyani and Dhaifallah were engaged in a scheme to export a set of night vision rifle scopes without a license. The Arms Export Control Act and International Trafficking in Arms Regulations make it illegal to export such scopes without registering with the directorate of defense trade controls and getting a license.
They allegedly purchased the scopes from a San Mateo County gun store in August and September 2019.
Inside one shipping container authorities inspected in November 2019, investigators found four disassembled firearms, including three handguns and one rifle, wrapped in aluminum foil and packed between car parts in one of four vehicles in the shipping container, according to the complaint. Also, 39 rounds of ammunition and two magazines were also found, the complaint says.
In December 2019, the duo allegedly attempted to export the rifle scopes they purchased by hiding them inside a shipping container, the complaint says. Law enforcement thwarted the scheme when they searched the container and found the scopes.
The two were arraigned last week in federal court in Oakland before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson. If convicted, the two could both face a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars and a fine of $1 million, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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