Reza Olangian, a dual citizen of Iran and the United States was arrested after a long investigation into his attempts to buy 200 surface to air missiles. Olangian was charged with two counts of conspiracy to acquire and transfer the missiles and two counts of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. (IEEPA) The 1977 law gives the president the power to restrict trade to countries who are deemed to be a threat to the United States. If convicted Olangian could face life in prison.
The indictment alleges that beginning in may of 2012, Olangian had conversations with an undercover agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in an attempt to acquire surface to air missiles, that he would then try to smuggle by land into Iran, possibly through Afghanistan or some other neighboring country. Olangian attempted to purchase at least 200 of the IGLA-S surface-to-air missiles, as well as badly needed aircraft parts for transfer to the Iranian government.
Olangian was arrested on October 10, 2012 during a trip to Estonia, and extradited to the United States in May of this year. During questioning, Olangian admitted that he had been working with the Iranian government officials and that the weaponry was being purchased for the Iranian government.
It is not known if Olangian had yet retained a lawyer and no court date has yet been set.