Associated Press – A west African man is due in a South Florida federal courtroom for a bail hearing on charges he plotted to ship uranium ore on 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.
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 orweapons. 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.