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FBI busts international plot to smuggle US military tech to China

Washington , Thu, 26 Apr 2012 ANI

Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): An international plot to provide China with highly classified American military technology has been busted, according to US federal agents.

The US authorities arrested two Taiwanese nationals after they told American undercover agents they were working for 'associates' in the Chinese intelligence community and wanted to buy a surveillance drone and stealth technology related to the U.S.'s F-22 Raptor fighter jet.

According to court documents released today, FBI said that the plot was foiled during a previous investigation into the pair's alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar counterfeit goods smuggling scheme and crystal methamphetamine operation.

The men, 45-year-old Hui Sheng Shen, also known as 'Charlie,'and 41-year-old Huan Ling Chang, known as 'Alice,' have been charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act along with related drug charges and could face life in prison, ABC News reports.

The FBI also said a drug smuggling middleman in Hong Kong unknowingly led undercover agents to Shen and Chang who apparently acted in the US on behalf of a larger drug syndicate.

According to the report, when the agents tried to learn who exactly Shen and Chang worked for, Chang began to say they had 'special status'and could not travel to countries like the U.S. and the U.K.

Shen, however, interrupted and said 'they are spies,' the report said.

The undercover operation ended in February 2012 when FBI agents met with Shen and Chang to 'finalize' a major drug deal and allow the pair to take pictures of some sensitive US military technology. (ANI)

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