Indiana Brothers Charged With Manufacturing Arms for ISIS

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(Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office)
(Photo: U.S. Attorney’s Office)

Two Indiana brothers have been charged with manufacturing illegal weapons and selling them to ISIS.

Moyad Dannon, 21, and Mahde Dannon, 20, both of Fishers, Indiana, were arrested on May 15, 2019 after a months-long covert investigation led by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Prosecutors say Mahde, who was awaiting trial on felony theft charges in Lake County, Indiana, hatched a scheme to deliver firearms, including stolen firearms, to a convicted felon. The felon was covertly cooperating with the FBI. First Mahde introduced the felon to his brother Moyad.

The felon then introduced both brothers to an undercover FBI agent posing to be an arms dealer for ISIS.

During the last half of 2018, the indiana brothers sold multiple illegally-obtained firearms to the felon.  At the same time, the two began  manufacturing untraceable “ghost guns” by purchasing unserialized firearm parts online and assembling them into fully-functioning, .223 caliber, semi-automatic rifles.

They then sold these weapons to the undercover FBI agent.

The brothers then approached both the felon and the agent about manufacturing untraceable, fully-automatic, .223 caliber rifles, using the same scheme.

By February 2019, the Dannon brothers successfully built and delivered a fully-automatic rifle to the undercover agent. Moyad then learned from the agent that there was a potential buyer for the automatic weapons – someone who planned to ship the weapons to ISIS fighters in the Middle East.

The Indiana brothers proceeded to build the automatic weapons and sold them to the FBI agent, who was posing as the middleman for the buyer.

The brothers both face a maximum of 10 years in prison on each of the firearms charges as well as a 20 years prison term for attempting to aid ISIS.



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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org