Florida flea market owner sentenced for helping terrorist group
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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) — A former Jacksonville flea market owner has been
sentenced to five years in federal prison for conspiring to help the Lebanese
terrorist group Hezbollah.
Fadl Mohammad Maatouk will also be on probation for five years after he
finishes his prison sentence.
Maatouk pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to help Hezbollah.
He admitted that he agreed to lend a machine gun to a Hezbollah member, who
planned to use it to protect one of the group's leaders in southern Lebanon. He
also said he gave Hezbollah members camouflage fatigues while visiting Lebanon
Maatouk was arrested in March on unrelated charges of selling drug
paraphernalia and sending money made from criminal activity to Lebanon.
The former Orange Park resident came to Florida on a temporary visa in
He says he didn't ...
mean to break any laws.