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Two Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle Surface-to-Air Missiles into US


A U.S. grand jury has indicted two men on charges of conspiracy to smuggle surface-to-air missiles into the United States.

In Los Angeles Wednesday, prosecutors said the charges against Chao Tung Wu and Yi Qing Chen marked the first time an anti-terrorism statute adopted last year has been used. The statute calls for a mandatory 25-year prison sentence if convicted.

The indictment says the two men, who live in California, gave an undercover agent brochures that described the missiles' ability to shoot down F-15 and F-16 fighter jets, the A-10 attack aircraft, the Apache helicopter and the Tomahawk cruise missile.

The men were already being held without bail on charges of conspiring to distribute counterfeit money, cigarettes and drugs into the country.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP. Reuters.

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