Valley man pleads in Iran machine guns deal

first_imgHe intended to ship the guns and goggles to a faction in Iran’s government that is aligned with a former president who is a political foe of current leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. By arming an enemy of an administration with which the U.S. is politically at odds, Maghloubi was trying “to actually try and help a rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran,” said his attorney, Deputy Federal Public Defender Guy Iversen. “This had nothing to do with terrorism,” Iversen said. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment on the plea agreement. Maghloubi’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 26. A San Fernando Valley man pleaded guilty in a scheme to buy submachine guns and sell to them officials in Iran’s government opposed to the country’s current president, court records show. Under the plea agreement reached this week, Seyed Mostafa Maghloubi, an Iran-born U.S. citizen, acknowledged that he attempted to obtain night vision goggles and as many as 100,000 Uzis for shipment to Iran, in violation of U.S. laws. Maghloubi, 49 was the subject of a sting operation in February, when a person he had reportedly approached about buying the equipment brokered a meeting between him and a Los Angeles police detective that Maghloubi believed was an arms dealer, according to the plea deal. Maghloubi, who claimed to have high-level contacts with government officials in Iran, eventually took delivery of three Uzis and a pair of night vision goggles, the court papers show. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more