Another Area Terrorist Arrested
Is there something about the tri-state that breeds terrorists?
I mean, in the last year alone you’ve got Jihad Jane, the Khyber Jihadist and now Moussa Ali Hamdan: a former Camden County resident who’s been working with undercover cops and informants for longer than he’ll care to remember when the evidence is shown at his trial. He’s the last of this Jihad trio to be arrested.
The Inky’s reporting Hamdan lived in a “$600-a-month efficiency apartment in West Collingswood” for a time and was a “central figure in a four-year probe led by the FBI’s Philadelphia Joint Terrorism Task Force.”
He was arrested this week in Paraguay over his last year indictment for an alleged role in a Hezbollah terror cell based out of Jersey, some meetings of which took place at the Deptford Mall. He unknowingly led undercover agents to high-level Hezbollah members who “sold counterfeit cash and sought to purchase assault weapons to be shipped overseas.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking Hamdan’s extradition but doesn’t know when it’ll happen.
Hamdan was arrested after somebody tried to obtain a Paraguayan national identification card for him, law enforcement sources said.
According to the indictment, a key moment in the investigation occurred when Hamdan unwittingly introduced Dib Hani Harb, a well-connected Hezbollah operative, to an informant working with the investigation. Harb told the informant how operatives in Iran worked 18 hours a day to produce high-quality counterfeit currency for Hezbollah, according to court documents.
With the help of Hamdan, a deal was brokered for Harb to sell the informant $1 million in counterfeit money. The first installment of the fake cash, about $10,000, was mailed to Philadelphia hidden in photo albums, the indictment said.
Harb led investigators farther up the Hezbollah chain of command. Last June, he arranged a meeting between an FBI informant and Hassan Hodroj, a member of Hezbollah’s political bureau, in Beirut.
Hezbollah wanted 1,200 Colt M4 machine guns, a model used by U.S. special forces, and would pay $1,800 per gun, Hodroj said, according to the indictment. They were to be shipped to a port in Syria. By November, law enforcement sources said, undercover agents had persuaded Harb to travel from Lebanon to Philadelphia, where he was to inspect the guns and provide a down payment.
Investigators planned to wait in Philadelphia and arrest Harb just as they had Tarraf, the sources said.
But high-level infighting between U.S. intelligence agencies prevented Harb from acquiring a visa, said the sources, who said Harb’s apprehension could have led to another major arrest and invaluable intelligence.
But his lawyer says he’s innocent and his mom says he’s cool. And here’s the best part: If convicted of the 30 charges of which he’s accused, Hamdan faces up to 260 years in prison.