A Chinese national pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court in New Mexico Wednesday on charges of trying to smuggle military sensors to China.

Bo Cai faces up to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

Bo worked for a technology company in China when he schemed with his cousin, a student in the United States, to acquire sensors the Pentagon uses for such military purposes as motion control systems.

He flew to the United States, and agents arrested him in Los Angeles in December when he tried to board a plane with the sensors.

His cousin, Wentong Cai, also was arrested. He pleaded innocent and will go on trial next month.