Marchello Dsaun McCain, brother of the first American believed to have died while fighting for terror group ISIS/ISIL in Syria, Douglas McAuthur McCain, has been indicted for providing false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in connection with an international terrorism investigation and a felony for possession of firearms.
Douglas McAuthur McCain’s body was discovered in Syria just over a year ago, in August 2014, in possession of his American passport. McCain spent time in San Diego as a student at San Diego City College and was connected with Masjid Nur, a mosque in the highly Somali-inhabited San Diego neighborhood of City Heights. Breitbart News reported on McCain and visited the area of Masjid Nur at the time that information on McCain was being unveiled.
At least one of Marchello’s charges relates to making false statements to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI-JTTF) related to the investigation into his brother Douglas. The alleged lies relate to knowledge of Douglas’ travel to Syria and the use of his credit card to purchase the airline tickets that would transport him to Turkey. Turkey is a “transit point for individuals traveling to Syria,” an FBI statement detailed.
FBI-JTTF agents arrested Marchello McCain in January 2015.
Marchello, 33, faces charges of four counts of felony in possession of firearms and ammunition, one felony count in possession of body armor by a violent felon, and one count of false statements involving international terrorism. Penalties for each of these charges range from three years in prison to $250,000.
Agencies involved in this investigation include San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI, Federal Air Marshal Service, Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security Investigations and Department of Homeland Security), and U.S. Border Patrol.
Marchello is next scheduled to face District Judge Whelan on October 19, 2015.
San Diego was once home to infamous 9/11 attack-associated terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki and the first two 9/11 hijackers who entered the United States. The two hijackers took flying lessons in the area.
Breitbart News has reported on high levels of terrorist activity in the San Diego area.
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