A 40-year-old man from Oakland, Fares Abdo Al Eyani, has pleaded guilty to attempting to illegally export firearms and night vision rifle scopes to Oman, a crime that could lead to a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, as announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday.
In his plea agreement, Al Eyani admitted to acquiring at least four firearms, including magazines and ammunition, and no less than 44 rifle scopes, monoculars, and goggles equipped with night vision. He executed this without the necessary license to export the weapons and a significant number of the scopes.
The Justice Department disclosed that Al Eyani attempted to ship these weapons to Oman in November 2019. His method involved disassembling the firearms, wrapping them in aluminum foil, and concealing them within vehicles loaded into a shipping container at the Port of Oakland.
A month later, Al Eyani attempted to export the night vision equipment in two separate shipping containers, also leaving from the Port of Oakland. However, authorities intercepted and seized these items following a search of the containers.
Additionally, Al Eyani’s wife, Saba Mohsen Dhaifallah, 41, entered a separate plea agreement, admitting to making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Both Al Eyani and Dhaifallah are scheduled for sentencing hearings on March 22 by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer. Al Eyani faces the possibility of a $1 million fine along with his prison sentence. Dhaifallah could receive up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. This case highlights a significant instance of international arms trafficking and the legal repercussions that follow.