ICE Nabs Two for Illegal Exports to Iran, Syria
(ICE) ICE agents have arrested two men in separate cases for attempting
to illegally export items to Middle Eastern countries.
In the first
case, Juan Sevilla, a suburban Los Angeles sales director for
a manufacturing company, was indicted March 2 on federal charges
for allegedly attempting to send industrial equipment to Iran
in violation of the U.S. export embargo on goods to that country.
of Gardena, Calif., is sales director and was previously director
of international sales for United Calibration Corp., of Huntington
Beach, Calif., which manufactures universal testing systems and
related software technologies. Sevilla attempted to export a hydraulic
testing machine designed to test and calibrate the tensile strength
of steel from California through Chicago and ultimately to Iran.
In the second
case, Matt Mihsen, 47, of Dallas, Texas was indicted March 1 for
attempting to export money and goods from the United States to
Syria without authority, permit or license. He was also charged
with attempting to smuggle over $10,000 in U.S. currency from
the United States to Syria and with making false statements to
born in Syria and is a naturalized United States citizen. He is
a licensed private investigator and a licensed pilot.
alleges that on February 15, Mihsen flew on a commercial flight
from Dallas, Texas, to Detroit, Mich.; his ultimate destination
was Damascus, Syria. Mihsen checked his luggage in Dallas, planning
to retrieve it in Syria. An outbound inspection of his luggage
at Detroit Metropolitan Airport revealed that he was attempting
to export certain items to Syria, including a hand-held Taser
stun device; two boxes of Black Talon 9mm ammunition; a Bushnell
.22 rifle scope; pepper spray; a diamond tester; a bullet-proof
vest; and three Geiger counters.
also alleges that Mihsen knowingly concealed and failed to declare
$13,256 in U.S. currency he was carrying, and that he lied to
ICE agents when they questioned him about the money.