Pinoy pleads guilty to selling US spy plane on eBay, faces up to 20 years in prison

(SPOT.ph) Henson Chua, who was arrested in February for trying to sell a three-foot-long US spy plane on eBay, pleaded guilty to violating arms export and smuggling laws in a U.S. District Court yesterday, July 28, reports Tampa Bay Online. Homeland Security officials arrested Chua for shipping a hand-launched, computer-controlled RQ-11A/B Raven to undercover agents.

 

Chua, a resident of Manila, said the drone was bought at a Philippine government auction which noted it as "abandoned property." Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base contacted the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in May last year after seeing the plane on eBay priced at $13,000.

 

US undercover agents pretended to purchase the plane on the website under the guise of a Russian buyer. The transaction was completed after the agents paid for the drone through PayPal. Chua was arrested when he visited the US for an unspecified reason in February. He now faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

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