A veteran police officer with one of the nation’s most prominent transit systems. DC Metro Transit, has been arrested for allegedly trying to supply communication devices to ISIS, officials said.
The Washington Post says Nicolas Young, 36, from Fairfax, Virginia, was “charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.” A confidential informant “led Young to believe that he had successfully left the United States and had joined ISIL,” said The U.S. Attorney’s office.
According to ABC News, the officer “allegedly purchased technology-related items” to assist ISIS in dodging police when communicating. Young “is alleged to have tried to send money to the terror group via mobile-based gift cards using a messaging service frequently utilized by ISIS.”
According to the U.S. Attorney’s news release, “Several meetings Young had with an undercover law enforcement officer in 2011 included another of Young’s acquaintances, Amine El Khalifi, who later pleaded guilty to charges relating to attempting a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol Building in 2012.”
The officer was communicating with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was conducting an undercover sting into him, and thought he was communicating with ISIS, ABC says.