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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 20, 2020

Lebanese National Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Illegally Exporting Drone Parts And Technology

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of USAMA DARWICH HAMADE, 55, to 42 months in prison for conspiring to illegally export goods and technology in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”), the Export Administration Regulations, the Arms Export Control Act, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The sentence was handed down by Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.  

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from 2009 through 2011, HAMADE conspired with others to export U.S. origin goods and technology, including inertial measurement units suitable for use in uncrewed aerial vehicles, or “UAVs,” digital compasses suitable for UAV use, a jet engine, piston engines, and recording binoculars, without obtaining the required export licenses from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State, in violation of IEEPA, the Export Administration Regulations, the Arms Export Control Act, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. According to evidence presented by the government, the ultimate beneficiary of HAMADE’s actions was the designated foreign terrorist organization Hizballah.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement, and Homeland Security Investigations.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John Docherty and David J. MacLaughlin and Trial Attorney David Recker of the National Security Division.

 

Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     

USAMA DARWICH HAMADE, 55

Citizen of Lebanon and South Africa

Convicted:

  • Illegal export conspiracy, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 42 months in prison
  • Immediate deportation to follow

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Counterintelligence and Export Control
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Updated July 20, 2020