Orbach, 55, and former U.S. Army translator Alwar Pouryan,
the other U.S. citizen netted in a sting, were convicted in
April of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists
and conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles.
The two men were among seven indicted in 2011 following an
undercover investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration into drug trafficking in West Africa.
In September, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, who
sentenced Orbach, sentenced Pouryan to 25 years in prison.
In meetings with a confidential DEA source in Africa, Ukraine
and Romania starting in late 2010, Pouryan and Orbach arranged
to provide $25 million worth of weapons, ammunition and training
to the source posing as a Taliban representative. They expected
to make more than $800,000 on the transactions, according to the
Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office.
At the meetings, Pouryan and Orbach, who lived in Highland Park,
Illinois, discussed weapons specifications, pricing and training
for certain weapons, including "stinger" surface-to-air
missiles, anti-tank missiles, grenade launchers and M-16 rifles,
They were arrested by Romanian authorities in coordination with
the DEA in February 2011, according to prosecutors.
"Today's sentence ensures that Oded Orbach will be held to
account for agreeing to provide over $25 million in
military-grade weapons, including heat-seeking
surface-to-air-missiles, to a source he believed represented the
Taliban, and even though he knew the weapons would be used
against the U.S.," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in
a statement on Wednesday.
The case is USA v. Saade et al, U.S. District Court, Southern
District of New York, No. 11-cr-00111.
(Reporting by Bernard Vaughan; editing by Bob Burgdorfer)
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