FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — A Sierra Leone man is expected to appear in a South Florida federal courtroom for a bail hearing as he faces charges of plotting to ship uranium ore to Iran.
A criminal complaint charges 33-year-old Patrick Campbell of Freetown, Sierra Leone, with attempting to violate the U.S. embargo against Iran. A bail hearing was set Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale. He hasn’t entered a plea.READ MORE: Barricaded Man Who Set Items On Fire, Threw Them Off Fort Lauderdale Apartment Balcony Taken Into Custody
Authorities say Campbell was working with a South Florida-based broker on a deal to ship tons of uranium ore known as yellowcake to Iran. The ore can be used for nuclear fuel or weapons.READ MORE: London-Bound American Airlines Flight Returned To MIA After Couple Refused To Wear Masks
It turned out the broker was actually an undercover U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.
Campbell was arrested in August at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Agents found uranium samples in his luggage.MORE NEWS: Florida Senate Signs Off On Redistricting Plans
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