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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Alleged FARC supporter charged

By Dana Hedgpeth

A federal grand jury in Alexandria indicted a 32-year-old Salvadoran man for allegedly trying to support the FARC, a terrorist organization.

Hector Antonio Guillen-Martinez allegedly sold several automatic rifles and more than 20 pounds of plastic explosives to an individual whom he believed was a member of FARC, a Colombian paramilitary group.

Martinez believed those items were to be used by the FARC in Colombia to "eradicate Americans from Colombia, dead or alive," according to the indictment. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia is prosecuting the case.

Martinez was apprehended when he traveled to the District to transfer a load of 20 kilograms of cocaine to New York City on behalf of the FARC, according to authorities.

He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. He was taken into custody in November.

The DEA's Special Operations Division and San Salvador Country Office investigated the case.

By Dana Hedgpeth  | March 1, 2011; 9:50 AM ET
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Hope he kissed the wife and kids goodbye, because they won't be seeing him for a very long time.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 1, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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